Snowden R, Thompson P, Troscianko T. 2006 and 2012. Basic Vision: An Introduction to Visual Perception. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Blurb (2nd ed.): Why do things look blurry underwater? Why do people drive too fast in fog? How do you high-pass filter a cup of tea? What have mixer taps to do with colour vision? Basic Vision: An Introduction to Visual Perception demystifies the processes through which we see the world. Written by three authors with over 80 years of research and undergraduate teaching experience between them, it leads the reader step-by-step through the intricacies of visual processing, with full-colour illustrations on nearly every page. The writing style captures the excitement of recent research in neuroscience that has transformed our understanding of visual processing, but delivers it with a humour that keeps the reader enthused, rather than bemused. The book takes us through the various elements that come together as our perception of the world around us: the perception of size, colour, motion, and three-dimensional space. It illustrates the intricacy of the visual system, discussing its development during infancy, and revealing how the brain can get it wrong, either as a result of brain damage, through which the network of processes become compromised, or through illusion, where the brain compensates for mixed messages by seeing what it thinks should be there, rather than conveying the reality. The book also demonstrates the importance of contemporary techniques and methodology, and neuroscience-based techniques in particular, in driving forward our understanding of the visual system.
Blake A, Troscianko T (eds). 1990. AI and the Eye. New York: Wiley.
Blurb: These original contributions, concerning work on machine vision to the latest understanding of human visual processes, are written by 'rising stars' in both fields and offer an overview of the leading work on modeling of human visual processes, image processing and object recognition. Some prominent examples of how computer analysis of visual processes results in more precise models of the operations of various visual mechanisms are presented in a form that is easily understood by nonmathematicians. This will be essential reading for physiologists and psychologists studying vision and object recognition in humans and primates.
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