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Perception and the Physical World: Psychological and Philosophical Issues in Perception

ISBN: 978-0-471-49149-1
346 pages
May 2002
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The focus of this book is on conceptual and philosophical issues of perception including the classic notion of unconscious inferences in perception. The book consists of contributions from a group of internationally renowned researchers who spent a year together as distinguised fellows at the German Centre for Advanced Study.

Each chapter concludes with a lively, informative debate in the form of comments and replies from the contributors of the book.

? Contributors are of prominent international reputation
? Each chapter concludes with comments and replies from the contributors of the book to give informative debate
? The only book available to blend perception and philosophy in this fashion
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About the Editors

About the Authors

Preface

Part I From Sensory Codes to Perceptual Congnition

The Origins of the Sensation/Perception Distinction (M. Atherton)

Cognition as Code-Breaking (H. Barlow)

Comparative Overview of Perception of Distal and Proximal Visual Atributes (D. Todotovic)

The Physicalistic Trap in Perception Theory (R. Mausfeld)

Part II Unconscious Inference and Bayesian Approaches

Perception as Unconscious Inference (G. Hatfield)

Statistical Decision Theory and Biological Vision (L. Maloney)

Pattern Inference Theory: A Probabilistic Approach to Vision (D. Kersten and P. Schrater)

Perception and Evolution (B. Bennett et al)

The Very Idea of Perception as a Process of Unconscious Probabilistic Inference (M. Kaplan)

Part III Aspects of Picture Perception

Two Paradigms of Picture Perception (R. Schwartz)

Ecological Optics and the Creative Eye (J. Koenderink et al)

IV Epilogue

Hidden Agenda: A Sceptical View of the Privacy of Perception (H. Barlow)

Index
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