Object Perception: Structure and Process

Object Perception: Structure and Process

Object Perception: Structure and Process

Object Perception: Structure and Process

Synopsis

This collection of research on object perception focuses on holistic and featural properties of objects, the mechanisms that produce such properties, how people choose one type of property over another, and how such choices are improved during the course of child development. The contributions consider alternative perceptual characterizations, the way in which such properties are represented in the mind, how particular properties are more useful in some kinds of tasks that humans perform, and how the developing child learns to cope with different properties in choosing among alternatives to optimize task performance. These papers were written by specialists for specialists in experimental, cognitive, and developmental psychology.

Excerpt

This book presents the lectures given at a conference entitled Object Perception: Structure and Process that was held in Madrid, Spain from May 18-20, 1987. the conference was organized in the Spring of 1986 by Soledad Ballesteros on behalf of the United States-Spanish Committee for Cultural and Educational Cooperation. the goal was to arrange a meeting in which researchers from the United States and Spain could exchange views on current research and theory on issues in object perception.

After consulting with U.S. colleagues, Soledad Ballesteros invited twelve U.S. and two Spanish investigators to participate and arranged for Bryan Shepp and Jose Luis Fernandez Trespalacios to serve, respectively, as the U.S. and Spanish Directors of the conference. These three individuals collaborated in the preparation of an Institutional Cooperation Grant between Brown University and the Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia. After the U.S.--Spanish Committee approved the grant to support the conference, the final arrangements were made. We are most grateful to the Committee for its support. We are also indebted to Brown University for assistance in organizing the conference, and to the Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia for providing the facilities in which the conference met.

The topics covered in this book, faithful to its title, address structure and process in object perception, and they range from the automatic effects of preattentive organization to the consequences of deliberate strategies in category learning. in some instances there are themes that are . . .

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