Theories of Visual Perception

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Contents
Preface to this third editionix
Acknowledgementsxiii
1Theory and method1
The calibre of scientific theories1
The importance of methods and measurement3
2The Gestalt theory7
Historical background7
A general outline of the Gestalt approach13
Köhler's brain model21
A preliminary assessment of the Gestalt theory26
Subsequent research on some of the Gestalt principles39
3Brunswik's probabilistic functionalism55
Egon Brunswik55
A general outline of Brunswik's work56
The terminology of probabilistic functionalism57
Brunswik's lens model60
Brunswik's empirical researches61
An evaluation of probabilistic functionalism65
Final remarks on Brunswik's theory67
A more recent development: the empirical theory of vision69
4The neurophysiological approach to visual perception73
An outline of neural function74
Three examples of the neurophysiological approach to perceptual theory78

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