Visual Perception

Visual Perception

The Neurophysiological Foundations

1st Edition - November 28, 1989

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  • Editors: Lothar Spillmann, John Werner
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323138147

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This book presents an interdisciplinary overview of the main facts and theories that guide contemporary research on visual perception. While the chapters cover virtually all areas of visual science, from philosophical foundations to computational algorithms, and from photoreceptor processes to neuronal networks, no attempt has been made to provide an exhaustive treatment of these topics. Rather, researchers from such diverse disciplines as psychology, neurophysiology, anatomy, and clinical vision sciences have worked together to review some of the most important correlations between perceptual phenomena and the underlying neurophysiological processes and mechanisms. The book is thus intended to serve as an advanced text for graduate students and as a guide for all vision researchers to understanding current progress outside their specialized fields of interest.

Key Features

ï Examines parallel processing of visual information
ï Discusses links between physiologically-measured receptive fields and psychophysically-measured perceptive fields
ï Presents a spatial sampling by the retina and cortical modules
ï Covers signal transduction and the sites of adaptation
ï Describes a single-cell analysis of attention
ï Discusses computational models of vision


Graduate students and researchers in visual neuroscience and visual perception.

Table of Contents

  • L. Spillmann and J.S. Werner, Introduction. G. Westheimer, Relating Neural Mechanisms to Visual Perception. Historical and Philosophical Considerations. D.Y. Teller, The Domain of Visual Science. M.L.J. Crawford, R.A. Anderson, R. Blake, G.H. Jacobs, and C. Neumeyer, Interspecies Comparisons in the Understanding of Human Visual Perception. J. Walraven, C. Enroth-Cugell, D.C. Hood, D.I.A. MacLeod, and J.L. Schnapf, The Control of Visual Sensitivity. Receptoral and Postreceptoral Processes. P. Lennie, C. Trevarthen, D. Van Essen, and H. Wadassle, Parallel Processing of Visual Information. A. Fiorentini, G. Baumgartner, S. Magnussen, P.H. Schiller, and J.P. Thomas, The Perception of Brightness and Darkness. Relations to Neuronal Receptive Fields. E. Zrenner, I. Abramov, M. Akita, A. Cowey, M. Livingstone, and A. Valberg, Color Perception. Retina to Cortex. R. Sekuler, S. Anstis, O.J. Braddick, T. Brandt, J.A. Movshon, and G. Orban, The Perception of Motion. H.R. Wilson, D. Levi, L. Maffei, J. Rovamo, and R. DeValois, The Perception of Form. Retina to Striate Cortex. A. Treisman, P. Cavanagh, B. Fischer, V.S. Ramachandran, and R. von der Heydt, Form Perception and Attention. Striate Cortex and Beyond. D. Regan, J.P. Frisby, G.F. Poggio, C.M. Schor, and C.W. Tyler, The Perception of Stereodepth and Stereo-Motion. Cortical Mechanisms. R.C. Van Sluyters, J. Atkinson, M.S. Banks, R.M. Held, K.P. Hoffmann, and C.J. Shatz, The Development of Vision and Visual Perception.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 531
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1989
  • Published: November 28, 1989
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323138147

About the Editors

Lothar Spillmann

Affiliations and Expertise

Universitat Freiburg, Germany

John Werner

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Colorado, Boulder

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