Information, Sensation and Perception

Information, Sensation and Perception

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One of the primary aims of this book is to show that nearly all of the empirical laws of sensory science discovered by laboratory measurement during the past 130 years can be derived theoretically from one fundamental equation. The other primary aim of the book is to demonstrate the philosophical origins of this single equation, and to show how it must change the way in which we view the nervous system and the process of perception. This fundamental equation and the philosophy of perception which it embodies comprise what Norwich and his colleagues term as the entropy theory of perception. The book provides a new theoretical approach to understanding the process of perception and a new mathematical technique for analyzing sensory data. The book also discusses both machine and human perception, but from a mathematical/physics perspective rather than a neural network model perspective.
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  • Hardback | 275 pages
  • 159.5 x 237 x 21.3mm | 726.57g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • glossary, index
  • 0125218907
  • 9780125218900

Table of contents

Perception as a choice among alternatives; the empirical laws of sensation and perception; information of events with discrete outcomes - methods of communications theory and psychology; information of events with discrete outcomes - applications in communications science and in psychology; information of events with discrete outcomes - methods of physics; the information of events with continuous outcomes; the entropy of the normal distribution; modelling the H-function; derivation of the law of sensation; sensory adaptation; differential thresholds; Weber fractions and JNDs; simple reaction times and the Blondel-Rey law; odds and n's and the magical number log; bits of information; Boltzmann and Berkeley; physiological consequences of the relativity of perception; extrapolations and speculations.
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