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Active Vision: The Psychology of Looking and Seeing

John M Findlay and Iain D Gilchrist


More than one third of the human brain is devoted to the processes of seeing — vision is after all the main way in which we gather information about the world. But human vision is a dynamic process during which the eyes continually sample the environment. Where most books on vision consider it as a passive activity, this book focuses on vision as an ‘active’ process. It goes beyond most accounts of vision where the focus is on seeing, to provide an account of seeing AND looking. The book starts by pointing out the weaknesses in our traditional approaches to vision and the reason we need this n ... More

Keywords: seeing, passive vision, looking, oculomotor systems, visual orienting, reading, visual search, scene perception, neuropsychology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780198524793
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524793.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John M Findlay, author
Centre for Vision and Visual Cognition, Department of Psychology, University of Durham, UK

Iain D Gilchrist, author
Reader in Neuropsychology, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol, UK