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Fitting the Mind to the World : Adaptation and After-Effects in High-Level Vision - Colin W. G. Clifford

Fitting the Mind to the World

Adaptation and After-Effects in High-Level Vision

By: Colin W. G. Clifford (Editor), Gillian Rhodes (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st May 2005
ISBN: 9780198529699
Number Of Pages: 384

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Adaptation phenomena provide striking examples of perceptual plasticity and offer valuable insight into the mechanisms of visual coding. The technique of psychophysical adaptation has aptly been termed the psychologist's microelectrode because of its usefulness in investigating the coding of sensory information in the human brain. Its broader relevance though is illustrated by the increasing use of adaptation to study more cognitive aspects of vision such as the mechanisms of face perception and the neural substrates of visual awareness. This book brings together a collection of studies from international researchers, which demonstrate the brain's remarkable capacity to adapt its representation of the visual world in response to changes in its environment. A major theme throughout is that adaptation at all stages of visual processing serves a functional role in the efficient representation of the prevailing visual environment. Information about the visual world is coded in the rate at which neurons fire. However, neurons can only respond over a certain range of firing rates. Adaptation of the way in which neurons code visual information tends to make optimal use of this limited response range. Though these principles are well established at the level of light adaptation in the retina, it is only relatively recently that researchers have started to look for analogous behaviour at the higher levels of the visual system. This book is the first to bring together evidence that adaptation in high-level vision, as at the lower levels, serves to fit the mind to the world.

"For readers interested in visual cognition or related areas, there is no doubt you will want to own a copy of this cutting-edge text."--Doody's


"For readers interested in visual cognition or related areas, there is no doubt you will want to own a copy of this cutting-edge text."--Doody's

"For readers interested in visual cognition or related areas, there is no doubt you will want to own a copy of this cutting-edge text."--Doody's


"For readers interested in visual cognition or related areas, there is no doubt you will want to own a copy of this cutting-edge text."--Doody's


Colin Clifford & Gillian Rhodes: Fitting the mind to the world - introduction Section I: Foundations 1: Michael R. Ibbotson: Physiological mechanisms of adaptation in the visual system 2: Colin Clifford: Functional ideas about adaptation applied to spatial and motion vision 3: Nicholas J. Wade & Frans A. J. Verstraten: Accommodating the past: a selective history of adaptation 4: Qasim Zaidi: The role of adaptation in colour constancy Section II: High-level vision 5: Satoru Suzuki: High-level pattern coding revealed by brief shape aftereffects 6: Zoe Kourtzi & Kalanit Grill-Spector: fMRI adaptation: a tool for studying visual representations in the primate brain 7: David A. Leopold & Igor Bondar: Adaptation to complex visual patterns in humans and monkeys 8: Gillian Rhodes, Rachel Robbins, Emma Jacquet, Elinor McKone, Linda Jeffery & Colin Clifford: Adaptation and face perception: how aftereffects implicate norm-based coding of faces 9: Michael A. Webster, John S. Werner & David J. Field: Adaptation and the phenomenology of perception Section III: Attention and awareness 10: Randolph Blake & Sheng He: Adaptation as a tool for probing the neural correlates of visual awareness: progress and precautions 11: David Alais: Attentional modulation of motion adaptation 12: Derek H. Arnold & David Whitney: Adaptation and perceptual binding in sight and sound

ISBN: 9780198529699
ISBN-10: 0198529694
Series: Advances in Visual Cognition
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st May 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.2  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.76