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How Vision Works

Nigel Daw

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199751617
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932375 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751617.001.0001
How Vision Works

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This book covers all aspects of vision—the overall organization, lightness, color, motion, depth, objects and faces, control of eye movements, adaptation and aftereffects, attention, visual memory, and circadian rhythms and pupillary reflex. Each chapter starts with the psychological phenomena of the aspect of vision involved, followed by where in the system that aspect is dealt with, then the properties of the cells in the relevant areas, and deficits found in humans and macaque monkeys after lesions of those areas. Selected references are given to both the original work in the area and to the most modern work with recordings from single cells in macaque and fMRI in humans. As a result of insights going back to the Greeks, Arabs, and nineteenth-century Germans, and considerable research by psychologists, anatomists, physiologists, and physicians since the 1940s, we now have a fairly complete picture of how the whole system works, and more is being learned every year. The book is intended to be a summary of all of this for both experts and those starting to study the subject.

Keywords: lightness; color; motion; depth; objects and faces; eye movements; adaptation; attention; visual memory

Book.  304 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuropsychology

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Introduction in How Vision Works

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Brightness and Contrast in How Vision Works

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Color Vision in How Vision Works

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Perception of Motion in How Vision Works

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Depth Perception in How Vision Works

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Objects and Faces in How Vision Works

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Control of Eye Movements in How Vision Works

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