The Perception of Pictures

The Perception of Pictures

Dürer's Devices: Beyond the Projective Model of Pictures

1st Edition - November 28, 1980

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  • Editor: Margaret A. Hagen
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Durer's Devices: Beyond the Projective Model of Pictures is a collection of papers that discusses the nature of picture making and perception. One paper presents a perceptual theory of pictorial representation in which cultural and historical options in styles of depiction that appear to be different are actually closely related perceptually. Another paper discusses pictorial functions and perceptual structures including pictorial representation, perceptual theory, flat canvass, and the deep world. One paper suggests that perception can be more a matter of information "make up" than "pick up." Light becomes somewhat informative and the eye, correspondingly, becomes less or more presumptive. Another paper notes that human vision is transformed by our modes of representation, that image formation can be essentially incomplete, false, or misleading (primarily as regards dramatic performance and pictorial representation). One paper makes three claims that: (1) the blind have untapped depiction abilities; (2) haptics, involving the sense of touch, have an intuitive sense of perspective; and (3) depiction is perceptual based on graphic elements and pictorial configurations. The collection is suitable for psychologists, physiologists, psychophysicists, and researchers in human perception or phenomenology.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors




    Contents of Volume I

    Part I Theories of Pictures and their Perception

    Chapter 1 Generative Theory: A Perceptual Theory of Pictorial Representation

    Introduction: Major Issues and Theories in Perception

    Constructivist Theory of Perception

    Gestalt Theory of Perception

    Gibson's Theory of Ecological Optics: Perspectivism

    Gibson's Theory of Ecological Optics: Invariant Information

    Brief Critical Summary

    Generative Theory of Perception

    Summary of Generative Theory of Representation

    Sources and Divergencies


    Chapter 2 Pictorial Functions and Perceptual Structures

    Pictorial Representation and Perceptual Theory

    Flat Canvas and Deep World: Evolving Solutions and Shifting Intentions


    Chapter 3 How the Eye Makes Up What the Light Leaves Out

    Projective Ambiguity and the Need for a Good Form Approach

    Geometric Constraints on Assuming Good Form

    Evidence That Perception Imposes Good Form in Accordance with Geometric Constraints

    The Role of Good Form in Perceiving Real Objects

    How Good Form Geometrically Determines Proportion and Orientation

    Evidence That the Perception of Proportion and Orientation Accords with Geometry

    Models of Perceptual Process Using Good Form

    A Good Form Approach to the Perception of Curved Objects

    What the Light Leaves Out


    Chapter 4 Visual Scenarios: The Role of Representation in Visual Perception


    Visual Posture and Representational Form

    Visual Scenarios


    Conclusion: From Ecology to Culture


    Part II Empirical Investigation of the Perception of Pictures

    Chapter 5 Development of Pictorial Perception


    Infant Sensitivity to Visual Depth

    Pictorial Perception in Early Childhood


    Chapter 6 A Perspective on Cross-Cultural Picture Perception


    Perception of Objects

    Pictorial Depth Perception

    Summary and Conclusions


    Chapter 7 Pictorial Perception: Hemispheric Specialization and Developmental Regression in the Neurologically Impaired


    Heuristic Justification

    Special Character of Pictures

    Organismic -Developmental Theory

    Neurological Evidence: General Considerations and Caveats

    Research on the Perception of Faces

    Visual Agnosia and Related Perceptual Deficits

    Drawing Disability and Laterality of Lesion

    Summary of Pictorial Work in Neuropsychology

    Lateralization of Pictorial Component Abilities

    Organismic-Developmental Interpretation of the Lateralization Work

    Developmental Regression of Pictorial Depth Perception in the Neurologically Impaired: Future Directions


    Chapter 8 Blind People Recognizing and Making Haptic Pictures





    Orientation of a Picturing Surface

    Pictures Without Text

    Drawing Tasks



    Appendix: The Nature of Haptics


    Chapter 9 Picture Perception in Nonhuman Subjects

    Introduction: The "Why Bother" Question

    Questions About Animal Picture Perception: A Review of the Literature

    Open Questions


    Reference Notes


    Subject Index

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  • No. of pages: 380
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1980
  • Published: November 28, 1980
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483259567

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Margaret A. Hagen

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