The Visual Brain In Action

Paperback | November 17, 2006

byDavid Milner, Mel Goodale

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First published in 1995, The Visual Brain in Action remains a seminal publication in the cognitive sciences. It presents a model for understanding the visual processing underlying perception and action, proposing a broad distinction within the brain between two kinds of vision: consciousperception and unconscious 'online' vision. It argues that each kind of vision can occur quasi-independently of the other, and is separately handled by a quite different processing system. In the 11 years since publication, the book has provoked considerable interest and debate - throughout bothcognitive neuroscience and philosophy, while the field has continued to flourish and develop. For this new edition, the text from the original edition has been left untouched, standing as a coherent statement of the authors' position. However, a very substantial epilogue has been added to the book in which Milner and Goodale review some of the key developments that support or challenge theviews that were put forward in the first edition. The new chapter summarizes developments in various relevant areas of psychology, neuroscience and behaviour. It notably supplements the main text by updating the reader on the contributions that have emerged from the use of functional neuroimaging,which was in its infancy when the first edition was written. Neuroimaging, and functional MRI in particular, has revolutionized the field over the past 11 years by allowing investigators to plot in detail the patterns of activity within the visual brains of behaving and perceiving humans. Theauthors show how its use now allows scientists to test and confirm their proposals, based as they then were largely on evidence accrued from primate neuroscience in conjunction with studies of neurological patients.

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First published in 1995, The Visual Brain in Action remains a seminal publication in the cognitive sciences. It presents a model for understanding the visual processing underlying perception and action, proposing a broad distinction within the brain between two kinds of vision: consciousperception and unconscious 'online' vision. It a...

Professor Milner gained his first degree in Psychology, Philosophy and Physiology, at the University of Oxford in 1965, and went on to obtain a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (Abnormal) from the University of London in 1966. He was awarded a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of London in 1971. He worked as a MRC ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.63 inPublished:November 17, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Prologue1. Introduction: vision from a biological point of view2. Visual processing in the primate visual cortex3. 'Cortical blindness'4. Disorders of spatial perception and the visual control of action5. Disorders of visual recognition6. Dissociations between perception and action in normal subjects7. Attention, consciousness, and the coordination of behaviour8. Epilogue: twelve years on

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`This book is a modern classic, whose impact has reverberated through neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy. Supported by a compelling combination of empirical evidence and theoretical synthesis, Milner and Goodale's framework has reoriented our understanding of the relations betweenperception, action, and consciousness.'David Chalmers, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Consciousness, Australian National University, and author of 'The Conscious Mind'.