ISBN: 9780262319898 | 328 pp. | November 2014

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.

Contributors: 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

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgments
  2. The Current Scene

    Moshe Bar

  3. 1. Visual Scene Representation: A Spatial-Cognitive Perspective

    Helene Intraub

  4. 2. More Than Meets the Eye: The Active Selection of Diagnostic Information across Spatial Locations and Scales during Scene Categorization

    George L. Malcolm and Philippe G. Schyns

  5. 3. The Constructive Nature of Scene Perception

    Soojin Park and Marvin M. Chun

  6. 4. Deconstructing Scene Selectivity in Visual Cortex

    Reza Rajimehr, Shahin Nasr, and Roger Tootell

  7. 5. The Neurophysiology of Attention and Object Recognition in Visual Scenes

    Daniel I. Brooks, Heida Maria Sigurdardottir, and David L. Sheinberg

  8. 6. Neural Systems for Visual Scene Recognition

    Russell A. Epstein

  9. 7. Putting Scenes in Context

    Elissa M. Aminoff

  10. 8. Fast Visual Processing of "In-Context" Objects

    M. Fabre-Thorpe

  11. 9. Detecting and Remembering Briefly Presented Pictures

    Mary C. Potter

  12. 10. Making Sense of Scenes with Spike-Based Processing

    Simon Thorpe

  13. 11. A Statistical Modeling Framework for Investigating Visual Scene Processing in the Human Brain

    Dustin E. Stansbury and Jack L. Gallant

  14. 12. On Aesthetics and Emotions in Scene Images: A Computational Perspective

    Dhiraj Joshi, Ritendra Datta, Elena Fedorovskaya, Xin Lu, Quang-Tuan Luong, James Z. Wang, Jia Li, and Jiebo Luo

  15. 13. Emotion and Motivation in the Perceptual Processing of Natural Scenes

    Margaret M. Bradley, Dean Sabatinelli, and Peter J. Lang

  16. 14. Threat Perception in Visual Scenes: Dimensions, Action, and Neural Dynamics

    Kestutis Kveraga

  17. Contributors
  18. Index
  19. Color Plates