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Cognitive Psychology

Cognition of Brief Visual Stimuli

From Speech Perception to a Behavioral Principle

Pattern recognition is deemed central to cognition. It appears to follow an optimal algorithm in a wide variety of behaviors and situations. Perceiving Talking Faces proposes an invariant law of pattern recognition to describe how continuously perceived information such as speech input is processed to achieve perception of a category. The book details the author's extensive series of experiments on the use of bimodal cues in speech perception as well as the application of the Fuzzy Logical Model of Perception in speech and a variety of other domains.

Irvin Rock was a global perceptual theorist in the grand tradition of von Helmoltz, Wertheimer, and Gibson. This posthumous volume, the culmination of a long and distinguished career, brings together an original essay by the author together with a careful selection of previously published articles (most by Rock) on the theory that perception is an indirect process in which visual experience is derived by inference, rather than being directly and independently determined by retinal stimulation.

Applications

What do laser lights, crystals, walking, reaching, and concepts have in common? All are complex dynamic systems. Over the last decade, the burgeoning fields of synergetics and nonlinear dynamics have shown in mathematically precise ways how such complex systems can produce emergent order from the cooperation of many simpler elements.