Object Recognition, Attention, and Action

  • Naoyuki Osaka
  • Ingo Rentschler
  • Irving Biederman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. An Editorial Overview

    1. Ingo Rentschler, Naoyuki Osaka, Irving Biederman
      Pages 1-10
  3. Object Recognition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Gijs Plomp, Cees van Leeuwen
      Pages 13-25
    3. Hans Strasburger, Ingo Rentschler
      Pages 41-54
    4. Christian Wallraven, Heinrich H. Bülthoff
      Pages 89-104
    5. Markus Gschwind, Hans Brettel, Ingo Rentschler
      Pages 105-117
  4. Attention

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Volker Thoma, Jules Davidoff
      Pages 141-157
    3. Hiroyuki Sogo, Naoyuki Osaka
      Pages 159-171
    4. Gustavo Deco, Martin Stetter, Miruna Szabo
      Pages 187-203
  5. Action

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Yoshihiro Miyake, Yohei Onishi, Ernst Pöppel
      Pages 231-244
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 245-250

About this book


Human object recognition is a classical topic both for philosophy and for the natural sciences. The idea that visual recognition is action oriented developed in philosophy and psychology but inspired the approaches of sensory-motor integration in physiology and active vision in robotics. Attention, originally a psychological concept, is now a hot topic both for the neurosciences and computer science. Indeed, problems of competition among concurrent processes of data analysis, task requirements, and economic allocation of processing resources remain to be solved. Ultimately, understanding of object recognition will be promoted by the cooperation of behavioral research, neurophysiology, and computation.

This book provides an excellent introduction to the issues that are involved, with chapters that address the ways in which humans and machines attend to, recognize, and act toward objects in the visual environment.


Active vision Higher brain mechanisms Structural representation Working memory attention brain cognition cortex magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) memory neurophysiology neuroscience perception physiology psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • Naoyuki Osaka
    • 1
  • Ingo Rentschler
    • 2
  • Irving Biederman
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Graduate School of LettersKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  2. 2.Institute of Medical PsychologyUniversity of MunichMunichGermany
  3. 3.Image Understanding LaboratoryUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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