Scene Perception: What We Can Learn from Visual Integration and Change Detection

Daniel J. Simons, Stephen R. Mitroff, Steven L. Franconeri

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Much of perception does not require that information be preserved from one view to the next. This chapter's review of the visual-integration and change-detection literature suggests that precise and complete visual representations may be unnecessary for the experience of a stable, continuous visual world. Instead, the experience of stability is driven by precise representations of the information needed to guide action, accompanied by an assumption that the properties of objects in the world are unlikely to change across views. Of course, more sensitive measures might reveal the existence of complete, precise representations of all aspects of the visual world, but such detailed representations are not needed to explain the experience of an unchanging world from one view to the next.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPerception of Faces, Objects, and Scenes
Subtitle of host publicationAnalytic and Holistic Processes
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199848058
ISBN (Print)9780195313659
StatePublished - Jun 22 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Eye movements
  • Implicit identification
  • Scene memory
  • Visual representations
  • Visual system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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