Chapter

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393705.003.0002

Series: Oxford Series in Visual Cognition

Gunnar Johansson, Events, and Biological Motion

Show Summary Details

Preview

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

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.