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

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-03-14
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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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 26 chapters written by world-leading experts 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, Different dimensions of visual perception, and Evolution of the visual system. An exhaustive work in range and depth, How Animals See the Worldwill be a valuable resource for advanced students and researchers in areas of cognitive psychology, perception and cognitive neuroscience, as well as researchers in the visual sciences.

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Perceptual Groupings and Segmentation
What Birds See and What They Don't: Luminance, Contrast, and Spatial and Temporal Resolutionp. 5
Color Vision in Goldfish and Other Vertebratesp. 25
Grouping and Early Visual Processing in Avian Visionp. 43
Figure-Ground Segregation and Object-Based Attention in Pigeonsp. 63
Neurobiological Foundations of Figure-Ground Segregation in Primatesp. 77
Illusory Perception in Animals: Observations and Interpretationsp. 93
Amodal Completion and Illusory Perception in Birds and Primatesp. 101
Neurobiology of Perception of Illusory Contours in Animalsp. 117
Object Perception and Object Recognition
How Jumping Spiders See the Worldp. 133
Visual Discrimination by the Honeybee (Apis mellifera)p. 165
Recognition-by-Components: A Bird's Eye Viewp. 191
Birds' Perception of Depth and Objects in Picturesp. 217
The Recognition of Rotated Objects in Animalsp. 233
Neural Mechanisms of Object Recognition in Nonhuman Primatesp. 247
Motion Perception
Avian Visual Processing of Motion and Objectsp. 271
Neural Mechanisms Underlying Visual Motion Detection in Birdsp. 289
Primate Motion Perceptionp. 319
Visual Attention
Primate Visual Attention: How Studies of Monkeys Have Shaped Theories of Selective Visual Processingp. 335
Selective and Divided Attention in Birdsp. 351
Visual Cognition in Baboons: Attention to Global and Local Stimulus Propertiesp. 371
Different Dimensions of Visual Perception
Circadian Visual System of Mammalsp. 389
Evolution of Visual System
Evolution of the Brain in Vertebrates: Overviewp. 419
Evolution of the Vertebrate Eyep. 441
The Avian Visual System: Overviewp. 473
Development of the Visual System in Birds and Mammalsp. 483
Brain Asymmetry in Vertebratesp. 501
Why Comparative Studies of Vision Matterp. 523
Indexp. 529
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