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Seeing (Handbook Of Perception And Cognition) Hardcover – March 29, 2000

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Product Details

  • Series: Handbook Of Perception And Cognition
  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 2 edition (March 29, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0124437605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0124437609
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,785,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is a collection of chapters written by a number of well-respected experts in their chosen fields... Each chapter serves as an introduction to its chosen topic, allowing one to gain a good overview of an area of research... In general, I found this book to be well structured and infomative... I have no doubt that photocopies of individual chapters will find their way into many private reference collections."

From the Back Cover

One of the most remarkable things about seeing is how effortless this complex task appears to be. This book provides a comprehensive overview of research on the many complexities of this task. Coverage includes such classic topics as color, spatial, and binocular vision, areas that have seen a recent explosion of new information such as motion vision, image formation and sampling, and areas where new tools have allowed a better investigation into processes (e.g. neural representation of shape, visual attention).
Seeingis a needed reference for researchers specializing in visual perception and is suitable for advanced courses on vision.

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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The book was dissapointing in scope. It is primarily a rehash of information on low-level visual processing (e.g., retinal image formation, ganglion cells, spatial and temporal processing in the striate cortex). The book does little to address the cognitive processes in vision (e.g., visual learning, the role of prior visual images in scene segmentation and object recognition, or the perception of 3-dimensional form). To illustrate the narrow scope, in the entire book, there is only one plate with a photograph of a natural scene (and that appears in the chapter on retinal image formation to illustrate blur and sampling). All of the other stimuli are simple artificial shapes and patterns. The sections are generally good in covering the designated topic, but the choice of topics provides a very limited and narrow selection. Most dissapointing perhaps was the lack of a broad roadmap of perceptual and cognitive processes in vision, showing what topics would and would not be covered in the book. Interested readers might be better served with "Vision Science: Photons to Phenomonology" by Palment or "Foundations of Vision" by Wandell or "Human Color Vision" by Kaiser and Boynton.
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