How Animals See the World

How Animals See the World : Comparative Behavior, Biology, and Evolution of Vision

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The visual world of animals is highly diverse and often very different from the world that we humans take for granted. This book provides an extensive review of the latest behavioral and neurobiological research on animal vision, highlighting fascinating species similarities and differences in visual processing. It contains 26 chapters written by world-leading experts about a variety of species including: honeybees, spiders, fish, birds, and primates. The chapters are divided into six sections: Perceptual grouping and segmentation, Object perception and object recognition, Motion perception, Visual attention, Different dimensions of visual perception, and Evolution of the visual system. An exhaustive work in range and depth, How Animals See the World will be a valuable resource for advanced students and researchers in areas of cognitive psychology, perception and cognitive neuroscience, as well as researchers in the visual sciences.
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  • Hardback | 560 pages
  • 184 x 254 x 40mm | 1,496.85g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • over 200 illustrations
  • 0195334655
  • 9780195334654
  • 1,782,052

Table of contents

Introduction ; Part I. Perceptual grouping and segmentation ; Chapter1: What birds see and what they don't ; William Hodos ; Part II. Luminance, contrast, and spatial and temporal resolution ; Chapter 2: Color vision in fish and other vertebrates ; Christa Neumeyer ; Chapter 3: Grouping and early visual processing in avian vision ; Robert Cook and Carl Erick Hagmann ; Chapter 4: Figure-ground segregation and object-based attention in birds ; Olga Lazareva and Edward Wasserman ; Chapter 5: Neurobiological foundations of figure-ground segregation in primates ; Hans Super ; Chapter 6: Illusory perception in animals: Observations and interpretations ; Edward Wasserman ; Chapter 7: Amodal completion and illusory perception in birds and primates ; Kazuo Fujita, Noriyuki Nakamura, Ayumi Sakai, Sota Watanabe, & Tomokazu Ushitani ; Chapter 8: Neurobiology of perception of illusory contours in animals ; Andreas Nieder ; Part III. Object perception and object recognition ; Chapter 9: How jumping spiders see the world ; Duane P Harland, Daiqin Li and Robert R Jackson ; Chapter 10: Visual discrimination by the honeybee (Apis mellifera) ; Adrian Horridge ; Chapter 11: Recognition by components: A birds' eye view ; Edward A. Wasserman and Irving Biederman ; Chapter 12: Birds' perception of depth and objects in pictures ; Marcia L. Spetch and Ronald G. Weisman ; Chapter 13: The recognition of rotated objects in animals ; Jessie J. Peissig and Tamara Goode ; Chapter 14: Neural mechanisms of object recognition in non-human primates ; Rufin Vogels ; Part IV. Motion perception ; Chapter 15: Avian visual processing of motion and objects ; Robert G. Cook and Matthew S. Murphy ; Chapter 16: Neural mechanisms underlying visual motion detection in birds ; Douglas R.W. Wylie and Andrew N. Iwaniuk ; Chapter 17: Primate motion perception ; Bart Krekelberg ; Part V. Visual attention ; Chapter 18: Primate visual attention: How studies of monkeys have shaped theories of selective visual processing ; Pierre Pouget, Jason Arita and Geoffrey F. Woodman ; Chapter 19: Selective and divided attention in pigeons ; Tom Zentall ; Chapter 20: Visual cognition in baboons: Attention to the global and local stimulus properties ; Joel Fagot ; Part VI. Different dimensions of visual perception ; Chapter 21: Circadian visual system of mammals ; awrence P. Morin ; Part VII. Evolution of visual system ; Chapter 22: Evolution of the brain in vertebrates: Overview ; Ann B. Butler ; Chapter 23: Evolution of the vertebrate eye ; James K Bowmaker ; Chapter 24: The avian visual system: Overview ; Toru Shimizu and Shigeru Watanabe ; Chapter 25: Development of the visual system in birds and mammals ; Hans-Joachim Bischof ; Chapter 26: Brain asymmetry in vertebrates ; Onur Gunturkun ; Postscript: Shaun Vecera ; Index
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The book is fascinating reading for the specialist in perception and the cognitive neuroscientist. * J. A. Mather, CHOICE *
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About Edward A. Wasserman

Olga F. Lazareva is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Drake University. Her research concentrates on behavioral and neurobiological aspects of visual perception and relational learning in humans and nonhuman animals.

Toru Shimizu is Professor of Psychology at the University of South Florida. His areas of research include the neural basis of vision and cognition in animals.

Edward A. Wasserman is Dewey B. and Velma P. Stuit Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Iowa and coeditor with Thomas Zentall of Comparative Cognition: Experimental Explorations of Animal Intelligence (Oxford University Press, 2006). He is a member of the Delta Center at the University of Iowa, dedicated to the investigation of learning, development, and change. Wasserman's research has centered on learning, memory, cognition, and perception in humans and nonhuman
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