Dialogues on Perception


Renowned for his work in depth perception and pattern recognition, Bela Julesz originated the techniques—involving computer-generated random-dot stereograms, cinematograms, and textures—that resulted in the subfield of human psychology called "early vision." In this book, Julesz elucidates the ideas and insights generated by this exciting paradigm in a series of dialogues between Julesz the naif and Julesz the scientist.

These playful, personal, deeply informed dialogues, though challenging, are never beyond the reach of the general scientific reader interested in brain research. Among the topics covered are stereopsis, motion perception, neurophysiology, texture and auditory perception, early vision, visual cognition, and machine vision. Julesz's work on early vision and focal attention is the basis of the discussions, but he is equally at ease recounting his debate with John Searle and describing his interactions with Salvador Dali. He also addresses creativity, mathematics, theories, metascientific questions, maturational windows, and cortical plasticity, relates his current work to past findings and ideas, and considers how some strategic questions can be solved with existing tools.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Editor's Note
  4. How To View Stereo Image Pairs
  5. Introduction
  6. 1. The Enterprise Of Vision Research
  7. 2. The Creative Process: Conjugacy Versus Scientific Bilingualism
  8. 3. The Role Of Theories In Psychobiology
  9. 4. Mathematics And Human Psychology
  10. 5. Linking Psychology With Neurophysiology: The Mind-Body Problem Without Metaphysics
  11. 6. Metascientific Problems
  12. 7. Maturational Windows And Cortical Plasticity
  13. Epilogue
  14. 8. Some Strategic Questions About Visual Perception
  15. 9. Perceptual Atoms: The Texton Theory Revisited
  16. 10. The Role Of Early Vision In Psychobiology And Visual Cognition
  17. 11. A Condensed History Of My Findings
  18. 12. Recent Findings With My Co-Workers
  19. 13. Auditory And Visual Perception Compared
  20. 14. Foundations Of Cyclopean Perception Revisited
  21. Appendixes
  22. Glossary
  23. References
  24. Index