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How Animals See the World


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Introduction Part I. Perceptual grouping and segmentation Chapter1: What birds see and what they don't William Hodos Part II. Luminance, contrast, and spatial and temporal resolution Chapter 2: Color vision in fish and other vertebrates Christa Neumeyer Chapter 3: Grouping and early visual processing in avian vision Robert Cook and Carl Erick Hagmann Chapter 4: Figure-ground segregation and object-based attention in birds Olga Lazareva and Edward Wasserman Chapter 5: Neurobiological foundations of figure-ground segregation in primates Hans Super Chapter 6: Illusory perception in animals: Observations and interpretations Edward Wasserman Chapter 7: Amodal completion and illusory perception in birds and primates Kazuo Fujita, Noriyuki Nakamura, Ayumi Sakai, Sota Watanabe, & Tomokazu Ushitani Chapter 8: Neurobiology of perception of illusory contours in animals Andreas Nieder Part III. Object perception and object recognition Chapter 9: How jumping spiders see the world Duane P Harland, Daiqin Li and Robert R Jackson Chapter 10: Visual discrimination by the honeybee (Apis mellifera) Adrian Horridge Chapter 11: Recognition by components: A birds' eye view Edward A. Wasserman and Irving Biederman Chapter 12: Birds' perception of depth and objects in pictures Marcia L. Spetch and Ronald G. Weisman Chapter 13: The recognition of rotated objects in animals Jessie J. Peissig and Tamara Goode Chapter 14: Neural mechanisms of object recognition in non-human primates Rufin Vogels Part IV. Motion perception Chapter 15: Avian visual processing of motion and objects Robert G. Cook and Matthew S. Murphy Chapter 16: Neural mechanisms underlying visual motion detection in birds Douglas R.W. Wylie and Andrew N. Iwaniuk Chapter 17: Primate motion perception Bart Krekelberg Part V. Visual attention Chapter 18: Primate visual attention: How studies of monkeys have shaped theories of selective visual processing Pierre Pouget, Jason Arita and Geoffrey F. Woodman Chapter 19: Selective and divided attention in pigeons Tom Zentall Chapter 20: Visual cognition in baboons: Attention to the global and local stimulus properties Joel Fagot Part VI. Different dimensions of visual perception Chapter 21: Circadian visual system of mammals Lawrence P. Morin Part VII. Evolution of visual system Chapter 22: Evolution of the brain in vertebrates: Overview Ann B. Butler Chapter 23: Evolution of the vertebrate eye James K Bowmaker Chapter 24: The avian visual system: Overview Toru Shimizu and Shigeru Watanabe Chapter 25: Development of the visual system in birds and mammals Hans-Joachim Bischof Chapter 26: Brain asymmetry in vertebrates Onur Gunturkun Postscript: Shaun Vecera Index

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Olga F. Lazareva is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Drake University. Her research concentrates on behavioral and neurobiological aspects of visual perception and relational learning in humans and nonhuman animals. Toru Shimizu is Professor of Psychology at the University of South Florida. His areas of research include the neural basis of vision and cognition in animals. Edward A. Wasserman is Dewey B. and Velma P. Stuit Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Iowa and coeditor with Thomas Zentall of Comparative Cognition: Experimental Explorations of Animal Intelligence (Oxford University Press, 2006). He is a member of the Delta Center at the University of Iowa, dedicated to the investigation of learning, development, and change. Wasserman's research has centered on learning, memory, cognition, and perception in humans and nonhuman animals.


"This is a serious book covering a complicated but fascinating topic. I recommend it for the serious reader, whether researcher, teacher, or student, who wants to know more about how animals see the world in all of the ways that seeing can be defined. This is a book that would certainly merit a spot on the bookshelf of comparative and evolutionary psychologists as well as behavioral and evolutionary biologists, as there is much in here to appreciate for each of these groups." -- Michael J. Beran, PsycCRITIQUES "This deep yet fascinating book is not quite what it seems from the title. Rather than "How Animals See the World," it should be "Visual Psychophysics of Birds and Primates." Ninety-eight percent of animals are invertebrates, and 85 percent of habitable space is aquatic; both are little represented here, though the salticid spiders and honeybees make an interesting contrast to vertebrate vision... The final section, on evolution of the vertebrate visual system's structures and basic physiology, belongs first as a foundation. Nevertheless, the book is fascinating reading for the specialist in perception and the cognitive neuroscientist, though not the beginner. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and researchers/faculty." -- J. A. Mather, University of Lethbridge, CHOICE

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