Seeing Spatial Form by Michael R. M. Jenkin

Seeing Spatial Form

EditorMichael R. M. Jenkin, Laurence R. Harris

Hardcover | January 4, 2007

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The world is divided into objects: things that are distinct from their backgrounds and that can move or be moved. Objects are food and prey and threats, as well as neutral items, and it is critical to be able to see them. How the form of an object is distinguished is one of the most basic,yet least understood, topics of research in vision perception. The object-defining system needs to operate in the real world, where objects and viewers move, and where the scene is cluttered, rarely offering a clear, unobscured view of any object. How are we able to see and define objects usingthe complex pattern of light falling on the retina? An object becomes visible if it differs sufficiently from its surroundings in its luminance, color, texture, motion, or depth. Although the processes that use these different cues are quite distinct, research has shown that they share someorganizational principles. This book, Seeing Spatial Form, is dedicated to David Martin Regan who has made so many contributions to our understanding of how we see objects. Its chapters bring together ideas from some of the world's leading researchers in form vision to explain what we know aboutdistinguishing form. The book includes a CD-ROM, which contains additional demonstrations and color images that considerably enhance the chapter contents. Seeing Spatial Form will be an invaluable resource for student and professional researchers in vision science, cognitive psychology, andneuroscience.

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Michael R.M. Jenkin is a Professor of Computer Science and Laurence R. Harris is a Professor of Psychology and Biology, both at York University.
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Title:Seeing Spatial FormFormat:HardcoverDimensions:468 pages, 6.3 × 9.21 × 1.1 inPublished:January 4, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195172884

ISBN - 13:9780195172881

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Table of Contents

1. Seeing Spatial FormPart I. Form Vision2. Pictoral relief3. Geometry and spatial vision4. The inputs to global form detection5. Probability multiplication as a new principle in psychophysics6. Spatial form as inherently three-dimensionalPart II. Motion and Color7. White's effect in lightness, color, and motion8. The processing of motion-defined form9. Vision in flying, driving, and sport10. Form-from-watercolor in surface perception and old mapsPart III. Eye Movements11. The basis of saccadic decision: What we can learn from visual search and visual attention12. Handling real forms in real lifePart IV. Neural Basis of Form Vision13. The processing of spatial form by the human brain studied by recording the brain's electrical and magnetic responses to visual stimuli14. Linking psychophysics and physiology of center-surround interaction in visual motion processing15. Transparent motion: A powerful tool to study segmentation, integration, adaptation, and attentional selection16. Neurological correlates of damage to the magnocellular and parvocellular visual pathways: Motion, form, and from the otion after cerebral lesion17. The effects of diverse dopamine receptors on spatial processing in the central retina: A modelPart V. Development18. Improving abnormal spatial vision in adults with Amblyopia19. Visual development with one eyeAppendix

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"This is a very nice book covering the specific field of form recognition in vision science. It covers a wide variety of topics and does so thoroughly."--Doody's