About this Book
- A single comprehensive and authoritative volume on perceptual organization. Readers will know where to look for anything on perceptual organization.
- Coherent and integrated: meaning the book can be used as a single volume or readers can dip in and out.
- Broad coverage: In addition to traditional topics belonging to this topic (perceptual grouping, figure-ground organization, filling-in, completion, perceptual switching), readers also find unexpected topics perhaps (e.g., consciousness, face perception, individual differences). In addition to the visual modality, other modalities (e.g., audition, haptics) and crossmodal perceptual organization are covered as well.
- Interdisciplinary: The dominant perspective is psychological but some chapters have also covered neural mechanisms, computational principles, and philosophical implications.
- Theoretical and applied:Most chapters cover an extensive empirical literature, driven by the theoretical interest to understand the mechanisms behind perceptual organization. However, some chapters are explicitly focused on applications (e.g., camouflage, computer vision, design, art, sensory substitution devices).
Perceptual organization comprises a wide range of processes such as perceptual grouping, figure-ground organization, filling-in, completion, perceptual switching, etc. Such processes are most notable in the context of shape perception but they also play a role in texture perception, lightness perception, color perception, motion perception, depth perception, etc. Perceptual organization deals with a variety of perceptual phenomena of central interest, studied from many different perspectives, including psychophysics, experimental psychology, neuropsychology, neuroimaging, neurophysiology, and computational modeling. Given its central importance in phenomenal experience, perceptual organization has also figured prominently in classic Gestalt writings on the topic, touching upon deep philosophical issues regarding mind-brain relationships and consciousness. In addition, it attracts a great deal of interest from people working in applied areas like visual art, design, architecture, music, and so forth.
The Oxford Handbook of Perceptual Organization provides a broad and extensive review of the current literature, written in an accessible form for scholars and students. With chapter written by leading researchers in the field, this is the state-of-the-art reference work on this topic, and will be so for many years to come.
Readership: Cognitive and experimental psychologists, vision scientists, neuroscientists, philosophers of mind.
Table of Contents
Section One: General Background
1: Johan Wagemans: Historical and conceptual background: Gestalt theory
2: Liliana Albertazzi: Philosophical background: Phenomenology
3: Jan Koenderink: Methodological background: Experimental phenomenology
Section Two: Groups, Patterns, Textures
4: Joseph L. Brooks: Traditional and new principles of perceptual grouping
5: James R. Pomerantz and Anna I. Cragin: Emergent features and feature combination
6: Peter A. van der Helm: Symmetry perception
7: Ruth Kimchi: The perception of hierarchical structure
8: Statistical regularities
9: Ruth Rosenholtz: Texture perception
Section Three: Contours and Shapes
10: Robert F. Hess, Keith A. May, and Serge O. Dumoulin: Contour Integration: Psychophysical, neurophysiological, and computational perspectives
11: James H. Elder: Bridging the dimensional gap: Perceptual organization of contour in two-dimensional shape
12: Manish Singh: Visual representation of contour and shape
Section Four: Figure-Ground Organization
13: Mary A. Peterson: Low-level and high-level contributions to figure-ground organization
14: Marco Bertamini and Roberto Casati: Figures and holes
15: Rob van Lier and Walter Gerbino: Perceptual completions
16: Matthew W. Self and Pieter R. Roelfsema: The neural mechanisms of figure-ground segregation
17: Naoki Kogo and Raymond van Ee: Neural mechanisms of figure-ground organization: Border-ownership, competition and perceptual switching
18: Steven W. Zucker: Border inference and border ownership. The challenge of integrating geometry and topology
Section Five: Surface and Colour Perception
19: Alan Gilchrist: Perceptual organization in lightness
20: Walter Gerbino: Achromatic transparency
21: Hannah Smithson: Perceptual organization of colour
22: Barton L. Anderson: The perceptual representation of transparency, lightness, and gloss
Section Six: Motion and Event Perception
23: Michael Herzog and Haluk Ogmen: Apparent motion and reference frames
24: Nicola Bruno and Marco Bertamini: Perceptual organization and the aperture problem
25: Stefano Vezzani, Peter Kramer, and Paola Bressan: Stereokinetic effect, kinetic depth effect,and structure from motion
26: Christopher D. Blair, Peter U. Tse, and Gideon P. Caplovitz: Interactions of form and motion in the perception of moving objects
27: Howard S. Hock: Dynamic grouping motion: A method for determining perceptual organization for objects with connected surfaces
28: Martin A. Giese: Biological and body motion perception
Section Seven: Perceptual Organization and other Modalities
29: Susan L. Denham and Istvan Winkler: Auditory perceptual organization
30: Astrid M. L. Kappers and Wouter M. Bergmann Tiest: Tactile and haptic perceptual organization
31: Charles Spence: Cross-modal perceptual organization
32: Noelle R. B. Stiles and Shinsuke Shimojo: Sensory substitution: A new perceptual experience
33: Melvyn A. Goodale and Tzvi Ganel: Different modes of visual organization for perception and for action
Section Eight: Special Interest Topics
34: Paul C. Quinn and Ramesh S. Bhatt: Development of perceptual organization in infancy
35: Lee de-Wit and Johan Wagemans: Individual differences in local and global perceptual organization
36: Celine R. Gillebert and Glyn W. Humphreys: Mutual interplay between perceptual organization and attention: a neuropsychological perspective
37: Marlene Behrmann, Jennifer J. Richler, Galia Avidan, and Ruth Kimchi: Holistic face perception
38: David Alais and Randolph Blake: Binocular rivalry and perceptual ambiguity
39: D. Samuel Schwarzkopf and Geraint Rees: Perceptual organization and consciousness
40: Alex Holcombe: The temporal organization of perception
Section Nine: Applications of Perceptual Organization
41: Daniel Osorio and Innes C. Cuthill: Camouflage and perceptual organization in the animal kingdom
42: Gert J. van Tonder and Dhanraj Vishwanath: Design insights: Gestalt, Bauhaus and Japanese gardens
43: Jan J. Koenderink: Perceptual organization in visual art
Section Ten: Theoretical Approaches
44: Jungseock Joo, Shuo Wang, and So ng-Chun Zhu: Hierarchical organization by and-or tree
45: Jacob Feldman: Probabilistic models of perceptual features
46: James T. Townsend and Michael J. Wenger: On the dynamic perceptual characteristics of Gestalten: Theory-based methods
47: Cees van Leeuwen: Hierarchical stages or emergence in perceptual integration?
48: Cees van Leeuwen: Cortical dynamics and oscillations: What controls what we see?
49: Jacob Feldman: Bayesian models of perceptual organization
50: Peter A. van der Helm: Simplicity in perceptual organization
51: Jan J. Koenderink: Gestalts as ecological templates
Edited by Johan Wagemans, University of Leuven, Laboratory of Experimental Psychology
Johan Wagemans has a BA in psychology and philosophy, an MSc and a PhD in experimental psychology, all from the University of Leuven, where he is currently a full professor. Current research interests are mainly in so-called mid-level vision (perceptual grouping, figure-ground organization, depth and shape perception) but stretching out to low-level vision (contrast detection and discrimination) and high-level vision (object recognition and categorization), including applications in autism, arts, and sports. He is supervising a long-term research program aimed at reintegrating Gestalt psychology into contemporary vision science and neuroscience (see www.gestaltrevision.be) He is chief-editor of Perception, i-Perception and Art & Perception.