Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Categorical relations in shape perception

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

image of Spatial Vision
For more content, see Multisensory Research and Seeing and Perceiving.

Abstracet-Many researchers have proposed that objects are perceived as structural descriptions, which specify the configuration of an object's features (or parts) in terms of their categorical relations to one another. Others have proposed that objects arc perceived as views, which specify the configuration of an object's features in terms of their coordinates, in particular 2D views. This paper presents five experiments testing these competing accounts of the perception of the configuration of an object's features. Subjects learned to recognize a set of target objects and were tested for their ability to distinguish them from various distractors that differed either in their categorical relations or their coordinates. Subjects were consistently more likely to confuse both 2D and 3D objects that were similar in their parts' relations to each other than to confuse objects similar in their parts' coordinates (in any reference frame). This effect persisted when subjects were allowed to view the objects as long as they wished and when they were explicitly trained to distinguish them from the distractors. These findings suggest that we perceive an object's features in terms of their categorical relations to one another. A preliminary model of the findings is presented.

Affiliations: 1: Departrnent of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, 405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563, USA


Full text loading...


Data & Media loading...

Article metrics loading...



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Spatial Vision — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation