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Perception: A Very Short Introduction

Brian Rogers

October 2017

ISBN: 9780198791003

184 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Brian J. Rogers analyses the psychological and philosophical aspects of perception, and argues that what we see is not what we perceive. He investigates recent insights gained from the use of imaging techniques, and the attempts to model perceptual processes in AI systems.

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Brian J. Rogers analyses the psychological and philosophical aspects of perception, and argues that what we see is not what we perceive. He investigates recent insights gained from the use of imaging techniques, and the attempts to model perceptual processes in AI systems.

  • Discusses the philosophical question of what it means to perceive, as well as describing how we are able to perceive the particular characteristics of objects and scenes such as their lightness, colour, form, depth and motion
  • Considers how evolutionary pressures have shaped the perceptual systems of both humans and other animals
  • Discusses recent advances in understanding perception, and analyzes attempts to program machines to perform perceptive tasks
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over eight million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Brian Rogers, Emeritus Professor of Experimental Psychology

Brian Rogers is Emeritus Professor of Experimental Psychology at Oxford University. He is the co-author of a three-volume set, Perceiving in Depth, with Ian Howard, published by Oxford University Press. He is the Consulting Editor and Editorials Editor for the journal Perception.

Table of Contents

    1:What is perception?
    2:Perceptual theories - indirect, direct and computational.
    3:Lightness and colour
    4:Motion perception
    5:Perception of a 3-D world
    6:Perception and action
    7:Delusions about illusions
    8:The physiology and anatomy of the perceptual system
    9:The future
    Glossary
    Further Reading
    Index

Reviews

"A compact, accessible and engaging tour of vision and perception, covering all the essentials and challenging the current understanding of visual illusions." - Professor Patrick Cavanagh, Harvard University

"The perfect little book to polish off one's education. Understanding the language of perception is a proper part of the urban intellectual's baggage." - Jan Koenderink, Utrecht University

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