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Hardcover | $64.00 Short | £53.95 | 328 pp. | 7 x 9 in | 32 color illus., 31 b&w illus. | October 2014 | ISBN: 9780262027854
eBook | $45.00 Short | November 2014 | ISBN: 9780262319881
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Scene Vision

Making Sense of What We See


For many years, researchers have studied visual recognition with objects—single, clean, clear, and isolated objects, presented to subjects at the center of the screen. In our real environment, however, objects do not appear so neatly. Our visual world is a stimulating scenery mess; fragments, colors, occlusions, motions, eye movements, context, and distraction all affect perception. In this volume, pioneering researchers address the visual cognition of scenes from neuroimaging, psychology, modeling, electrophysiology, and computer vision perspectives.

Building on past research—and accepting the challenge of applying what we have learned from the study of object recognition to the visual cognition of scenes—these leading scholars consider issues of spatial vision, context, rapid perception, emotion, attention, memory, and the neural mechanisms underlying scene representation. Taken together, their contributions offer a snapshot of our current knowledge of how we understand scenes and the visual world around us.

Elissa M. Aminoff, Moshe Bar, Margaret Bradley, Daniel I. Brooks, Marvin M. Chun, Ritendra Datta, Russell A. Epstein, Michèle Fabre-Thorpe, Elena Fedorovskaya, Jack L. Gallant, Helene Intraub, Dhiraj Joshi, Kestutis Kveraga, Peter J. Lang, Jia Li Xin Lu, Jiebo Luo, Quang-Tuan Luong, George L. Malcolm, Shahin Nasr, Soojin Park, Mary C. Potter, Reza Rajimehr, Dean Sabatinelli, Philippe G. Schyns, David L. Sheinberg, Heida Maria Sigurdardottir, Dustin Stansbury, Simon Thorpe, Roger Tootell, James Z. Wang

About the Editors

Kestutis Kveraga is Instructor in Radiology at Harvard Medical School and on the faculty of the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Moshe Bar is Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center at Bar-Ilan University.


“A collection of meaty chapters that each provide the reader with a good review of one of the significant research programs in scene perception. The interplay of electrophysiological, imaging, and behavioral results within and between chapters is unusually stimulating.”
Jeremy M. Wolfe, Harvard Medical School; Brigham and Women’s Hospital