Visual Masking: Time slices through conscious and unconscious vision

Hardcover | April 20, 2006

byBruno Breitmeyer, Haluk Ogmen

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Our visual system can process information at both conscious and unconscious levels. Understanding the factors that control whether a stimulus reaches our awareness, and the fate of those stimuli that remain at an unconscious level, are the major challenges of brain science in the newmillennium. Since its publication in 1984, Visual Masking has established itself as a classic text in the field of cognitive psychology. In the years since, there have been considerable advances in the cognitive neurosciences, and a growth of interest in the topic of consciousness, and the time isripe for a new edition of this text. Where most current approaches to the study of visual consciousness adopt a 'steady-state' view, the approach presented in this book explores its dynamic properties. This new edition uses the technique of visual masking to explore temporal aspects of conscious and unconscious processes down to aresolution in the millisecond range. The 'time slices' through conscious and unconscious vision revealed by the visual masking technique can shed light on both normal and abnormal operations in the brain. The main focus of this book is on the microgenesis of visual form and pattern perception -microgenesis referring to the processes occurring in the visual system from the time of stimulus presentation on the retinae to the time, a few hundred milliseconds later, of its registration at conscious or unconscious perceptual and behavioural levels. The book takes a highly integrative approachby presenting microgenesis within a broad context encompassing visuo-temporal phenomena, attention, and consciousness.

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Our visual system can process information at both conscious and unconscious levels. Understanding the factors that control whether a stimulus reaches our awareness, and the fate of those stimuli that remain at an unconscious level, are the major challenges of brain science in the newmillennium. Since its publication in 1984, Visual Ma...

Bruno Breitmeyer received his B. A. in mathematics from the University of Illinois-Urbana in 1968 and his Ph. D. in psychology from Stanford University in 1972. He joined the faculty of the University of Houston in 1972 as an assistant professor. From 1973-1974 he was a research fellow in visual perception at Bell Telephone Laboratori...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.02 inPublished:April 20, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198530676

ISBN - 13:9780198530671

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Table of Contents

1. A history of visual masking2. Methods, applications, and findings in visual pattern masking3. Neurobiological correlates of visual pattern masking4. Models and mechanisms of visual masking: a selective review and comparison5. The sustained-transient approach to visual masking: an updated model6. Metacontrast and motion perception7. Figural context and attention in visual masking8. Unconscious processing revealed by visual masking9. Visual masking in select subject populations10. Epilogue

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.,."covers the topic well...readers familiar with cognitive neuroscience and vision literature should find it to be a useful summary of the current research and a stimulating guide to future research directions."--Doody's