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Vision Science: Photons to Phenomenology

Vision Science: Photons to Phenomenology
Author: Stephen E. Palmer
ISBN 13: 9780262161831
ISBN 10: 262161834
Edition: 1
Publisher: The MIT Press
Publication Date: 1999-05-07
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 832
List Price: $105.00

This book revolutionizes how vision can be taught to undergraduate and graduate students in cognitive science, psychology, and optometry. It is the first comprehensive textbook on vision to reflect the integrated computational approach of modern research scientists. This new interdisciplinary approach, called "vision science," integrates psychological, computational, and neuroscientific perspectives.

The book covers all major topics related to vision, from early neural processing of image structure in the retina to high-level visual attention, memory, imagery, and awareness. The presentation throughout is theoretically sophisticated yet requires minimal knowledge of mathematics. There is also an extensive glossary, as well as appendices on psychophysical methods, connectionist modeling, and color technology. The book will serve not only as a comprehensive textbook on vision, but also as a valuable reference for researchers in cognitive science, psychology, neuroscience, computer science, optometry, and philosophy.

Nature - Richard Gregory

This is an impressive, well-produced and easy-to-read textbook of visual science, even though it is quite technical in places. It is enlivened with historical asides and has underlying philosophical themes, although its main thrust is to present the current experimental understanding of how we see.