Gunnar Johansson, Events, and Biological Motion

James E. Cutting

in People Watching

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195393705
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979271 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Series in Visual Cognition

Gunnar Johansson, Events, and Biological Motion

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In 1973, Gunnar Johansson launched the systematic study of the perception of the human body in motion. Merging his applied interests in traffic safety and his theoretical interests in vector analysis and decomposition, Johansson produced captivating displays of people dancing and doing other ordinary activities, but with the people represented only by lights on their joints. This chapter discusses Johansson’s research and some of my own follow-up on his ideas, serving as background for ideas in this volume.

Keywords: point-light walker; historical overview; gunnar johansson; biological motion; identity perception; person perception; gender perception; gait perception; law of common motion; event perception; gestalt psychology; center of moment

Chapter.  7189 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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