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Understanding EventsFrom Perception to Action$
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Thomas F. Shipley and Jeffrey M. Zacks

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195188370

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188370.001.0001

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An Invitation to an Event

An Invitation to an Event

(p.3) 1 An Invitation to an Event
Understanding Events

Thomas F. Shipley

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a discussion of the significance of events. It then focuses on four traditional object-perception issues and considers potential analogies to event perception. These are segmentation and grouping; what makes two events similar; representation; and feature binding. An event taxonomy is then presented. It is argued that events, like objects, have boundaries. These boundaries may reflect the statistical structure of events as we have experienced them, either individually or as a species.

Keywords:   event perception, object-perception, segmentation, grouping, representation, feature binding

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