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60 The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception. We obtain a better notion of the struc ture of ambient light when we think of it as divided and subdivided into. THE ECOLOGICAL APPROACH TO VISUAL PERCEPTION INTRODUCTION This is a book about how we see. How do we see the environment around us?. T HE EC O L O G I C A L A P PROAC H V I S UA L TO PERC E P T I O N James J. Gibson CORNELL UNIVERSITY MISSOURI WES.


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entitled The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception to be published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston MA, U.S.A.. **Psychologist, Dept. of Psychology, Uris Hall. PDF | On Jul 1, , Aaron Ben-Zeev and others published J.J. Gibson and the J. J. Gibson's Ecological Approach to Visual Perception: Its Historical Context. The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception DownloadPDF MB Read online. This book, first published in , is about how we see.

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Bruce A. In some cases it would seem the answer is yes.

Introduction: The ecological optics of information surfaces

For example, look at the figure below: This probably looks like a random arrangement of black shapes. In fact there is a hidden face in there, can you see it?

The face is looking straight ahead and is in the top half of the picture in the center. Now can you see it?

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The figure is strongly lit from the side and has long hair and a beard. Once the face is discovered, very rapid perceptual learning takes place and the ambiguous picture now obviously contains a face each time we look at it.

We have learned to perceive the stimulus in a different way.

Although in some cases, as in the ambiguous face picture, there is a direct relationship between modifying hypotheses and perception, in other cases this is not so evident. For example, illusions persist even when we have full knowledge of them e.

One would expect that the knowledge we have learned from, say, touching the face and confirming that it is not 'normal' would modify our hypotheses in an adaptive manner.

The current hypothesis testing theories cannot explain this lack of a relationship between learning and perception. Perceptual Development A perplexing question for the constructivists who propose perception is essentially top-down in nature is 'how can the neonate ever perceive?

Relying on individual constructs for making sense of the world makes perception a very individual and chancy process. The constructivist approach stresses the role of knowledge in perception and therefore is against the nativist approach to perceptual development. Sensory Evidence Perhaps the major criticism of the constructivists is that they have underestimated the richness of sensory evidence available to perceivers in the real world as opposed to the laboratory where much of the constructivists' evidence has come from.

Constructivists like Gregory frequently use the example of size constancy to support their explanations.

That is, we correctly perceive the size of an object even though the retinal image of an object shrinks as the object recedes. They propose that sensory evidence from other sources must be available for us to be able to do this.

However, in the real world, retinal images are rarely seen in isolation as is possible in the laboratory. There is a rich array of sensory information including other objects, background, the distant horizon and movement.

This rich source of sensory information is important to the second approach to explaining perception that we will examine, namely the direct approach to perception as proposed by Gibson. This is crucial because Gregory accepts that misperceptions are the exception rather than the norm.

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Illusions may be interesting phenomena, but they might not be that informative about the debate. This suggests that perception is necessary for survival — without perception we would live in a very dangerous environment. Our ancestors would have needed perception to escape from harmful predators, suggesting perception is evolutionary. James Gibson argues that perception is direct, and not subject to hypotheses testing as Gregory proposed.

There is enough information in our environment to make sense of the world in a direct way. For Gibson: sensation is perception: what you see if what you get.

There is no need for processing interpretation as the information we receive about size, shape and distance etc.

Gibson argued that perception is a bottom-up process, which means that sensory information is analyzed in one direction: from simple analysis of raw sensory data to ever increasing complexity of analysis through the visual system. Light rays reflect off of surfaces and converge into the cornea of your eye. Because of movement and different intensities of light shining in different directions it is an ever changing source of sensory information.

Therefore, if you move, the structure of the optic array changes.

According to Gibson, we have the mechanisms to interpret this unstable sensory input, meaning we experience a stable and meaningful view of the world. Changes in the flow of the optic array contain important information about what type of movement is taking place.

The flow of the optic array will either move from or towards a particular point.

Embodied Perception: A Proposal to Reconcile Affordance and Spatial Perception

If the flow appears to be coming from the point, it means you are moving towards it. If the optic array is moving towards the point you are moving away from it. Invariant Features the optic array contains invariant information that remains constant as the observer moves. The results are disappointing. After hundreds of experiments nothing decisive has emerged about visual perception, only perplexities.

Wherein lies the meaning? Does a drawing have an intrinsic meaning or only an arbitrary meaning?

Are there laws of organization that apply or only laws of association? Are there significant forms as such or only forms that represent objects?

Can forms represent solid objects or only flat objects. If the former, how?

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Meanwhile ofcourse, modem artists of various schools have also been experimenting. Their drawings and paintings are said to be non-representative,or non-objective,or non-figurative, or sometimes abstract, but the question is what do we see?

The artists have tried out awiderrangeof variations than the psychologists, not having to worry about explicitness,and a whole crowd of professional art critics has come to exist trying to make themFor example, illusions persist even when we have full knowledge of them e. On the one hand, this study is interesting because it is another example of the influence of Gestalt theory in J.

What it records, registers, No painter and no photographer should ever strive to or consolidates is information, not sense-data. All these and colors but of invariants? Her work delved into ontogeny and perceptual learning as we will see in section Perceptual Learning and on reading E. To the question, 'How far arise an illusion of reality without a genuine reality.

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