Accession Number : ADA192026

Title :   Visual Information Processing in the Perception of Features and Objects.

Descriptive Note : Annual technical rept. no. 1, 1 Jan-31 Dec 87,

Corporate Author : CALIFORNIA UNIV BERKELEY DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : Treisman, Anne

PDF Url : ADA192026

Report Date : 22 Jan 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : The first year of the grant was spent in setting up the laboratory, and in starting research on a number of different projects. All are concerned with the visual processing of information in the perception of objects. A series of experiments has explored the perception of conjunctions of features, attempting to determine what makes this difficult or easy. A new method (detection of apparent motion) was tested and a modification of feature-integration theory was developed to accommodate the new results. Other projects have been concerned with coding of features, finding evidence for modularity, testing the level of abstraction at which features (such as orientation) are coded, the different media which support the coding of shape, and the space in which they are represented (retinal or three-dimensional). Another project has probed the effects of perceptual learning with extended practice at detecting particular sets of targets; the results suggest that automatization in search is highly specific to the practiced task and has little effect on other perceptual tests. Six graduate students are at present, working on projects wholly or partly supported by the grant.

Descriptors :   *IMAGE PROCESSING, *INFORMATION PROCESSING, *LEARNING, *PERCEPTION, CODING, DETECTION, MODULAR CONSTRUCTION, MOTION, RETINA, SHAPE, STARTING, STUDENTS, TARGETS, THREE DIMENSIONAL, VISUAL PERCEPTION, VISUAL SIGNALS

Subject Categories : Target Direction, Range and Position Finding

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE