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Visual Experience: Sensation, Cognition, and Constancy

Gary Hatfield and Sarah Allred


Seeing happens effortlessly and yet is endlessly complex. Among the most fascinating aspects of visual perception is its stability and constancy. As we shift our gaze or move about the world, the light projected onto the retinas is constantly changing. Yet the surrounding objects appear stable in their properties. Psychologists have long been interested in the constancies. They have asked questions such as: How good is constancy? Is constancy a fact about how things look, or is it a product of our beliefs and judgments about how things look? How can the contents of visual experience be studied ... More

Keywords: constancy, size constancy, color constancy, cognition, phenomenal experience, perception, retinal stimulation, visual experience, visual system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199597277
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199597277.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary Hatfield, editor
Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Sarah Allred, editor
Assistant Professor, Rutgers University, USA

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