The Perception of Visual Information

  • William R. Hendee
  • Peter N. T. Wells

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Peter F. Sharp, Russell Philips
    Pages 1-29
  3. Charles A. Kelsey
    Pages 30-51
  4. Arthur P. Ginsburg, William R. Hendee
    Pages 52-72
  5. Bart M. Ter Haar Romeny, Luc Florack
    Pages 73-114
  6. Alastair G. Gale
    Pages 115-133
  7. William R. Hendee
    Pages 134-159
  8. Ulrich Raff
    Pages 160-201
  9. Ronald R. Price
    Pages 202-229
  10. Kevin S. Berbaum, Mark Madsen, Donald D. Dorfman
    Pages 230-271
  11. Henry A. Swett, Maryellen L. Giger, Kunio Doi
    Pages 272-315
  12. H. K. Huang, P. S. Cho
    Pages 316-334

About this book


Human knowledge is primarily the product of experiences acquired through interactions of our senses with our surroundings. Of all the senses, vision is the one relied on most heavily by most people for sensory input about the environment. Visual interactions can be divided into three processes: (1) de­ tection of visual information; (2) recognition of the "external source" of the information; and (3) interpretation of the significance of the information. These processes usually occur sequentially, although there is considerable interdependence among them. With our strong dependence on the processes of visual interactions, we might assume that they are well characterized and understood. Nothing could be further from the truth. Human vision remains an engima, in spite of specu­ lations by philosophers for centuries, and, more recently, of attention from physicists and cognitive and experimental psychologists. How we see, and how we know what we see, remains an unsolved mystery that challenges some of the most creative scientists and cognitive specialists.


Processing computer computer vision ergonomics field form information information processing medicine perception presentation server surveillance technology

Editors and affiliations

  • William R. Hendee
    • 1
  • Peter N. T. Wells
    • 2
  1. 1.Medical College of WisconsinMilwaukeeUSA
  2. 2.Bristol General HospitalBristolUK

Bibliographic information