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Fitting the Mind to the World: Adaptation and After-Effects in High-Level Vision

Colin W. G. Clifford and Gillian Rhodes


Adaptation phenomena provide striking examples of perceptual plasticity and offer valuable insight into the mechanisms of visual coding. The technique of psychophysical adaptation has aptly been termed the psychologist's microelectrode because of its usefulness in investigating the coding of sensory information in the human brain. Its broader relevance though is illustrated by the increasing use of adaptation to study more cognitive aspects of vision such as the mechanisms of face perception and the neural substrates of visual awareness. This book brings together a collection of studies from r ... More

Keywords: adaptation phenomena, perceptual plasticity, visual coding, psychophysical adaptation, sensory information, human brain, face perception, neural substrates, visual awareness, high-level vision

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Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780198529699
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198529699.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colin W. G. Clifford, editor
School of Psychology, University of Sydney, Australia

Gillian Rhodes, editor
School of Psychology, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

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Fitting the Mind to the World: Introduction

Collin W.G. Clifford, and Gillian Rhodes

Section I Foundations

3 Accommodating the Past: A Selective History of Adaptation

Nicholas J. Wade, and Frans A.J. Verstraten

Section II High-Level Vision

8 Adaptation and Face Perception: How Aftereffects Implicate Norm-Based Coding of Faces

Gillian Rhodes, Rachel Robbins, Emma Jaquet, Elinor Mckone, Linda Jeffery, and Colin W.G. Clifford

9 Adaptation and the Phenomenology of Perception

Michael A. Webster, John S. Werner, and David J. Field

Section III Attention and awareness

12 Adaptation and Perceptual Binding in Sight and Sound

Derek H. Arnold, and David Whitney

End Matter