Cortical visual systems for perception and action*

A. David Milner and Melvyn A. Goodale

in Perception, Action, and Consciousness

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199551118
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191594960 | DOI:
Cortical visual systems for perception and action*

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In 1992, a model of cortical visual processing was proposed that made a distinction between vision for perception and vision for action. The model has developed and crystallized steadily over the years since it was first formulated. At the same time, it has been challenged by a number of authors. In certain instances, these challenges seem to have been predicated on an imprecise reading of some of the more subtle details of the model. Indeed, some comments appear to reflect a misinterpretation of the fundamental distinction made between the ‘vision for perception’ and ‘vision for action’. This chapter aims to clarify the use of these and other terms, and also to give a fuller account of the processing characteristics for these two kinds of vision. In making its points the chapter touches upon some recent studies that bear directly on the theoretical and metatheoretical issues raised.

Keywords: cortical visual processing; vision; perception; action; vision for perception; vision for action

Chapter.  16263 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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