Perception of Faces, Objects, and Scenes: Analytic and Holistic Processes by Mary A. Peterson

Perception of Faces, Objects, and Scenes: Analytic and Holistic Processes

EditorMary A. Peterson, Gillian Rhodes

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From a barrage of photons, we readily and effortlessly recognize the faces of our friends, and the familiar objects and scenes around us. However, these tasks cannot be simple for our visual systems - faces are all extremely similar as visual patterns, and objects look quite different whenviewed from different viewpoints. How do our visual systems solve these problems? The contributors to this volume seek to answer this question by exploring how analytic and holistic processes contribute to our perception of faces, objects, and scenes. The role of parts and wholes in perception hasbeen studied for a century, beginning with the debate between Structuralists, who championed the role of elements, and Gestalt psychologists, who argued that the whole was different from the sum of its parts. This is the first volume to focus on the current state of the debate on parts versus wholesas it exists in the field of visual perception by bringing together the views of the leading researchers. Too frequently, researchers work in only one domain, so they are unaware of the ways in which holistic and analytic processing are defined in different areas. The contributors to this volume askwhat analytic and holistic processes are like; whether they contribute differently to the perception of faces, objects, and scenes; whether different cognitive and neural mechanisms code holistic and analytic information; whether a single, universal system can be sufficient for visual-informationprocessing, and whether our subjective experience of holistic perception might be nothing more than a compelling illusion. The result is a snapshot of the current thinking on how the processing of wholes and parts contributes to our remarkable ability to recognize faces, objects, and scenes, and anillustration of the diverse conceptions of analytic and holistic processing that currently coexist, and the variety of approaches that have been brought to bear on the issues.

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Mary Peterson is Professor in the Department of Psychology and a Research Social Scientist in the Cognitive Science Program at the University of Arizona. Gillian Rhodes is Professor of Psychology at the University of Western Australia.
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Title:Perception of Faces, Objects, and Scenes: Analytic and Holistic ProcessesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:406 pages, 6.18 × 9.21 × 0.71 inPublished:July 6, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsMary A. Peterson and Gillian Rhodes: Introduction: Analytic and Holistic Processing - The View through Different Lenses1. James C. Bartlett, Jean H. Searcy, and Herve Abdi: What Are the Routes to Face Recognition?2. James W. Tanaka and Martha J. Farah: The Holistic Representation of Faces3. Janice E. Murray, Gillian Rhodes, and Maria Schuchinsky: When Is a Face Not a Face? The Effects of Misorientation on Mechanisms of Face Perception4. Elinor McKone, Paolo Martini, and Ken Nakayama: Isolating Holistic Processing in Faces (And Perhaps Objects)5. Philippe G. Schyns and Frederic Gosselin: Diagnostic Use of Scale Information for Componential and Holistic Recognition6. Isabelle Bulthoff and Heinrich H. Bulthoff: Image-Based Recognition of Biological Motion, Scenes, and Objects7. Michael J. Tarr: Visual Object Recognition: Can a Single Mechanism Suffice?8. John E. Hummel: The Complementary Properties of Holistic and Analytic Representations of Shape9. Ruth Kimchi: Relative Dominance of Holistic and Component Properties in the Perceptual Organization of Visual Objects10. Mary A. Peterson: Overlapping Partial Configurations in Object Memory: An Alternative Solution to Classic Problems in Perception and Recognition11. Marlene Behrmann: Neuropsychological Approaches to Perceptual Organization: Evidence from Visual Agnosia12. Daniel J. Simons, Stephen R. Mitroff, and Steven L. Franconeri: Scene Perception: What We Can Learn from Visual Integration and Change Detection13. John M. Henderson and Andrew Hollingworth: Eye Movements, Visual Memory, and Scene RepresentationIndex

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"This text is an excellent, in-depth review of current visual cognitive theory and processing modalities. It is informative and thought-provoking, helping the reader better understand how our visual system is miraculously adept at filtering a constant barrage of visual input to effortlesslyrecognize familiar faces, objects, and scenes." --Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology:Volume 26