Computer Vision

2014 Edition
| Editors: Katsushi Ikeuchi

Visual Cognition

  • David Vernon
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Visual cognition is the branch of psychology that is concerned with combining visual data with prior knowledge to construct high-level representations and make unconscious decisions about scene content [1].


Although the terms visual cognition and cognitive vision are strikingly similar, they are not equivalent. Cognitive vision refers to goal-oriented computer vision systems that exhibit adaptive and anticipatory behavior. In contrast, visual cognition is concerned with how the human visual system makes inferences about the large-scale composition of a visual scene using partial information [1, 2, 3].


Visual cognition, often associated with high-level vision and top-down visual processing, constructs visual entities by collecting perceived parts into coherent wholes, determining which parts belong together. Since the sensory data on which the processes of visual cognition operate are typically...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Vernon
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  1. 1.Informatics Research Centre, University of SkövdeSkövdeSweden