Geometric Representations of Perceptual Phenomena: Papers in Honor of Tarow Indow on His 70th Birthday

Geometric Representations of Perceptual Phenomena: Papers in Honor of Tarow Indow on His 70th Birthday

Geometric Representations of Perceptual Phenomena: Papers in Honor of Tarow Indow on His 70th Birthday

Geometric Representations of Perceptual Phenomena: Papers in Honor of Tarow Indow on His 70th Birthday

Synopsis

Based on a conference held in honor of Professor Tarow Indow, this volume is organized into three major topics concerning the use of geometry in perception:

• space -- referring to attempts to represent the subjective space within which we locate ourselves and perceive objects to reside;

• color -- dealing with attempts to represent the structure of color percepts as revealed by various experimental procedures; and

• scaling -- focusing on the organization of various bodies of data -- in this case perceptual -- through scaling techniques, primarily multidimensional ones.

These topics provide a natural organization of the work in the field, as well as one that corresponds to the major aspects of Indow's contributions. This book's goal is to provide the reader with an overview of the issues in each of the areas, and to present current results from the laboratories of leading researchers in these areas.

Excerpt

This volume arose from a conference held July 22-28, 1993 at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) on the topic that provides its title: geometric representations of perceptual phenomena. The conference was run jointly by the Department of Cognitive Sciences and the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences, and it was supported by funds provided the Institute by UCI, by a National Science Foundation Research and Training Grant, and by funds from UCI's Committee on Research and Graduate Studies obtained by the chair of the Department of Cognitive Sciences, Professor Mary-Louise Kean, for this purpose.

The conference was held, and the volume prepared, in honor of Professor Tarow Indow on his 70th birthday, which occurred during his 16th year at UCI. The social climax of the conference was a dinner held to pay tribute to Professor Indow and to his lovely wife, Minako. Various people who have known them over the years provided warm reminiscences and toasts. Everyone agreed that the high point of the evening was a delightful slide show presented by Professor John I. Yellott, Jr. (assisted by Mrs. Indow in assembling the slides) that covered many significant events of Indow's life from childhood to the present. Some of the faculty appeared in slides of earlier eras and, to their dismay, were not always recognized by their colleagues until identified by Professor Yellott.

The volume, following the conference, is organized into three major topics concerning the use of geometry in perception: space, color, and scaling. The first topic refers to attempts to represent the subjective space within which we locate ourselves and perceive objects to reside. The second topic concerns attempts to represent the structure of color percepts as revealed by various experimental procedures. The third has as its goal the organization of various bodies of data (in this case perceptual) through scaling techniques, primarily multidimensional . . .

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