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Computational Mechanisms of the Visual Processing of Action Stimuli

Falk Fleischer and Martin A. Giese

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/9780195393705.003.0022

Series: Oxford Series in Visual Cognition

Computational Mechanisms of the Visual Processing of Action Stimuli

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Computational models are fundamentally important for testing the feasibility of theories of the visual processing of body movements and for deriving well-defined theoretical predictions that can be tested experimentally. A computational model is proposed for the recognition of transitive and nontransitive hand actions from real videos that reproduces several key neurophysiological properties of the action perception system. Limitations of the proposed model, along with novel predictions and areas for future research, are discussed.

Keywords: computational models; computer vision; transitive actions; nontransitive actions; goal-directed actions; motion processing; form processing; templates; mirror neuron system; dynamic controller architectures; superior temporal sulcus (sts); temporal order view invariance; position invariance

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Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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