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Understanding Events: From Perception to Action

Thomas F. Shipley and Jeffrey M. Zacks


We effortlessly remember all sorts of events — from simple events like people walking to complex events like leaves blowing in the wind. We can also remember and describe these events, and in general, react appropriately to them, for example, in avoiding an approaching object. Our phenomenal ease interacting with events belies the complexity of the underlying processes we use to deal with them. Driven by an interest in these complex processes, research on even perception has been growing rapidly. Events are the basis of all experience, so understanding how humans perceive, represent, and act o ... More

Keywords: perception, experience, visual perception, motor control, linguistics, computer science, detect, classify, remember, act

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195188370
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188370.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas F. Shipley, editor
Temple University

Jeffrey M. Zacks, editor
Washington University, St. Louis

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Part I Foundations

1 An Invitation to an Event

Thomas F. Shipley

2 Event Concepts

Roberto Casati, and Achille C. Varzi

Part II Developing an Understanding of Events

Part II Developing an Understanding of Events: Overview

Thomas F. Shipley, and Jeffrey M. Zacks

4 Perceptual Development in Infancy as the Foundation of Event Perception

Scott P. Johnson, Dima Amso, Michael Frank, and Sarah Shuwairi

5 Pragmatics of Human Action

Dare Baldwin, Jeffery Loucks, and Mark Sabbagh

7 Current Events: How Infants Parse the World and Events for Language

Shannon M. Pruden, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, and Roberta M. Golinkoff

Part III Perceiving and Segmenting Events

Part III Perceiving and Segmenting Events: Overview

Thomas F. Shipley, and Jeffrey M. Zacks

Section I Perceiving Action Events

Section 2 Segmenting Events

16 Geometric Information for Event Segmentation

Thomas F. Shipley, and Mandy J. Maguire

17 The Structure of Experience

Barbara Tversky, Jeffrey M. Zacks, and Bridgette Martin Hard

Part IV Representing and Remembering Events

Part IV Representing and Remembering Events: Overview

Thomas F. Shipley, and Jeffrey M. Zacks

Section 1 Representing Events

18 Computational Vision Approaches for Event Modeling

Rama Chellappa, Naresh P. Cuntoor, Seong-Wook Joo, V. S. Subrahmanian, and Pavan Turaga

Section 2 Remembering Events

21 The Boundaries of Episodic Memories

Helen L. Williams, Martin A. Conway, and Alan D. Baddeley

23 Neurocognitive Mechanisms of Human Comprehension

Tatiana Sitnikova, Phillip J. Holcomb, and Gina R. Kuperberg