Perception of Surfaces and Forms


Journal Article (Chapter)

The purpose of this article is to consider the strategy that vision uses to generate perceptions of surface qualities such as brightness and color, as well as perceptions of surface form. The basic challenge that vision must contend with in elaborating these subjective experiences is linking inherently ambiguous retinal stimuli to their real-world sources in a manner that leads to successful visually guided behavior. The evidence derived from what people actually see indicates that this problem is solved in a fundamentally empirical manner - that is, by the accumulation of past experience rather than by analytical operations on visual stimulus features. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Purves, D

Published Date

  • January 1, 2009

Start / End Page

  • 513 - 521

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/B978-008045046-9.00229-1

Citation Source

  • Scopus