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Perception of Faces, Objects, and Scenes: Analytic and Holistic Processes

Mary A. Peterson and Gillian Rhodes


From a barrage of photons, we readily and effortlessly recognize the faces of our friends, and the familiar objects and scenes around us. However, these tasks cannot be simple for our visual systems—faces are all extremely similar as visual patterns, and objects look quite different when viewed from different viewpoints. How do our visual systems solve these problems? The chapters in this volume seek to answer this question by exploring how analytic and holistic processes contribute to our perception of faces, objects, and scenes. The role of parts and wholes in perception has been studied for ... More

Keywords: faces, familiar objects, visual systems, perception, Structuralists, Gestalt psychologists, holistic processing, analytic processing

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Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195313659
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313659.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary A. Peterson, editor
University of Arizona

Gillian Rhodes, editor
University of Western Australia

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Mary A. Peterson, and Gillian Rhodes

1 What Are the Routes to Face Recognition?

James C. Bartlett, Jean H. Searcy, and Hervé Abdi

2 The Holistic Representation of Faces

James W. Tanaka, and Martha J. Farah

3 When is a Face Not a Face?

Janice E. Murray, Gillian Rhodes, and Maria Schuchinsky

4 Isolating Holistic Processing in Faces (And Perhaps Objects)

Elinor Mckone, Paolo Martini, and Ken Nakayama

6 Image-Based Recognition of Biological Motion, Scenes, and Objects

Isabelle Bülthoff, and Heinrich H. Bülthoff

7 Visual Object Recognition

Michael J. Tarr

12 Scene Perception

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

13 Eye Movements, Visual Memory, and Scene Representation

John M. Henderson, and Andrew Hollingworth

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