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How Animals See the World: Comparative Behavior, Biology, and Evolution of Vision

Olga F. Lazareva, Toru Shimizu, and Edward A. Wasserman


The visual world of animals is highly diverse and often very different from the world that we humans take for granted. This book provides an extensive review of the latest behavioral and neurobiological research on animal vision, highlighting fascinating species similarities and differences in visual processing. It contains twenty-six chapters about a variety of species including: honeybees, spiders, fish, birds, and primates. The chapters are divided into six sections: perceptual grouping and segmentation, object perception and object recognition, motion perception, visual attention, differen ... More

Keywords: animal vision, honeybees, spiders, fish, birds, primates, perceptual grouping, segmentation, object perception

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195334654
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195334654.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Olga F. Lazareva, editor
Drake University

Toru Shimizu, editor
University of South Florida

Edward A. Wasserman, editor
University of Iowa

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Front Matter


Olga F. Lazareva, Toru Shimizu, and Edward A. Wasserman

Part I Perceptual Groupings and Segmentation

3 Grouping and Early Visual Processing in Avian Vision

Robert G. Cook and Carl Erick Hagmann

6 Illusory Perception in Animals

Edward A. Wasserman

7 Amodal Completion and Illusory Perception in Birds and Primates

Kazuo Fujita, Noriyuki Nakamura, Ayumi Sakai, Sota Watanabe, and Tomokazu Ushitani

Part II Object Perception and Object Recognition

9 How Jumping Spiders See the World

Duane P. Harland, Daiqin Li, and Robert R. Jackson

11 Recognition-by-Components

Edward A. Wasserman and Irving Biederman

12 Birds’ Perception of Depth and Objects in Pictures

Marcia L. Spetch and Ronald G. Weisman

13 The Recognition of Rotated Objects in Animals

Jessie J. Peissig and Tamara Goode

Part III Motion Perception

15 Avian Visual Processing of Motion and Objects

Robert G. Cook and Matthew S. Murphy

Part IV Visual Attention

18 Primate Visual Attention

Pierre Pouget, Jason Arita, and Geoffrey F. Woodman

20 Visual Cognition in Baboons

Joël Fagot and Carole Parron

Part V Different Dimensions of Visual Perception

Part Vi Evolution of Visual System

24 The Avian Visual System

Toru Shimizu and Shigeru Watanabe


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