Chapter 11 Structure and binding in object perception

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This chapter discusses the problem of structure in shape perception and object recognition. This problem, and the characteristics of its solution, provide a powerful set of tools for understanding many properties of human object recognition, including the strengths and limitations of our ability to recognize objects in novel viewpoints, and the role of time and attention in object recognition. Many of the problems surrounding the representation of structure center on the binding problem-the problem of representing what goes with what. Many properties of human object recognition can be understood in terms of the ways the visual system solves the binding problem. The chapter uses two recent models of object recognition to illustrate these points: -xbHummel and Biederman's (1992) JIM, and Hummel and Stankiewicz's (1996) JIM. 2. This chapter is written from a behavioral and computational perspective rather than a neuroscientific one. The emphasis is on the abstract nature of the representations and processes the visual system must bring to bear on the problem of structure, and on the behavioral implications of those representations and processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Psychology
Number of pages17
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAdvances in Psychology
ISSN (Print)0166-4115

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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