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Vision and Brain By James V. Stone (The University of Sheffield)

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An engaging introduction to the science of vision that offers a coherent account of vision based on general information processing principles

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Vision and Brain: How We Perceive the World by James V. Stone (The University of Sheffield)

An engaging introduction to the science of vision that offers a coherent account of vision based on general information processing principles

In this accessible and engaging introduction to modern vision science, James Stone uses visual illusions to explore how the brain sees the world. Understanding vision, Stone argues, is not simply a question of knowing which neurons respond to particular visual features, but also requires a computational theory of vision. Stone draws together results from David Marr's computational framework, Barlow's efficient coding hypothesis, Bayesian inference, Shannon's information theory, and signal processing to construct a coherent account of vision that explains not only how the brain is fooled by particular visual illusions, but also why any biological or computer vision system should also be fooled by these illusions.

This short text includes chapters on the eye and its evolution, how and why visual neurons from different species encode the retinal image in the same way, how information theory explains color aftereffects, how different visual cues provide depth information, how the imperfect visual information received by the eye and brain can be rescued by Bayesian inference, how different brain regions process visual information, and the bizarre perceptual consequences that result from damage to these brain regions. The tutorial style emphasizes key conceptual insights, rather than mathematical details, making the book accessible to the nonscientist and suitable for undergraduate or postgraduate study.

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Stone has done an excellent job of bringing together many pieces of the visual puzzle, and showing the bigger picture in an engaging, concise, and accessible way for any audience of readers, be they undergraduate or postgraduate.

-Paul Hands, Perception

About James V. Stone (The University of Sheffield)


James V. Stone is a Reader in the Psychology Department of the University of Sheffield. He is coauthor (with John P. Frisby) of the widely used text Seeing: The Computational Approach to Biological Vision (second edition, MIT Press, 2010), and author of Independent Component Analysis: A Tutorial Introduction (MIT Press, 2004).

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Vision and Brain: How We Perceive the World by James V. Stone (The University of Sheffield)
James V. Stone (The University of Sheffield)
The MIT Press
Used - Very Good
Paperback
MIT Press Ltd
2012-09-14
264
0262517736
9780262517737
Winner of <PrizeName>CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 2013</PrizeName> 2013
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