Ways of Seeing: The scope and limits of visual cognition

Paperback | February 6, 2004

byPierre Jacob, Marc Jeannerod

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Ways of seeing is a book about human vision. It results from the collaboration between a world famous cognitive neuroscientist and an eminent philosopher. In the past forty years, cognitive neuroscience has made many startling discoveries about the human brain, and about the human visualsystem in particular. This book brings many recent empirical findings, from electrophysiological recordings in animals, the neuropsychological examination of human patients, psychophysics, and developmental cognitive psychology, to bear on questions traditionally addressed by philosophers. What isthe meaning of the English verb 'to see'? How does visual perception yield knowledge of the world? How does visual perception relate to thought? What is the role of conscious visual experience in visually guided actions? How does seeing actions relate to seeing objects? In the process the bookprovides a new assessment of the 'two visual systems' hypothesis, according to which the human visual system comprises two anatomical pathways with separable visual functions. The first truly interdisciplinary book about human vision, it will be of interest to students and researchers in many areasof cognitive science and the philosophy of mind.

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Ways of seeing is a book about human vision. It results from the collaboration between a world famous cognitive neuroscientist and an eminent philosopher. In the past forty years, cognitive neuroscience has made many startling discoveries about the human brain, and about the human visualsystem in particular. This book brings many rec...

Pierre Jacob is a Researcher at CNRS, Director of the Institut Jean Nicod, Paris, France. Marc Jeannerod is a Professor in Physiology, Universite Claude Bernard, Lyon, France.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.42 inPublished:February 6, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198509219

ISBN - 13:9780198509219

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Table of Contents

Introduction: What is human visual cognitionPart I: The Purposes of Vision: Perceiving, Thinking and Acting1. The representational theory of the visual mindPart II: Empirical Evidence for the Duality of Visual Processing2. Multiple pathways in the primate visual system3. Dissociations of visual functions by brain lesions in human patients4. The varieties of normal human visual processingPart III: Perceiving objects and grasping them5. Visual perception6. Visuomotor representationsPart IV: The perception of action7. Seeing humans actEpilogue: The two visual systems revisited