Steven Pinker

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Department of Psychology
Harvard University
Best American Science and Nature Writing The Blank Slate Words and Rules How the Mind Works The Language Instinct Learnability and Cognition Language Learnability and Language Development Edited Academic Volumes
Lexical & Conceptual Semantics

Connections and Symbols

Visual Cognition

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Visual Cognition

How do we recognize objects? How do we reason about objects when they are absent and only in memory? How do we conceptualize the three dimensions of space? Do different people do these things in different ways? And where are these abilities located in the brain?

During the past decade cognitive scientists have devised new experimental techniques; researchers in artificial intelligence have devised new ways of modeling cognitive processes on computers; neuropsychologists are testing new models of brain organization..

Many of these developments are represented in this collection of essays. The papers, though reporting work at the cutting edge of their fields, do not assume a highly technical background on the part of readers, and the volume begins with a tutorial introduction by the editor, making the book suitable for specialists and non-specialists alike.

"The links between vision and cognition are critical, I believe, to our under-standing of both areas: they are too often studied in isolation. Many of the chapters in this volume combine up-to-date reviews of currently interesting topics with new and exciting theoretical or empirical contributions from the authors. This book should be of interest to many psychologists, to artificial intelligence researchers, and to a wider intellectual audience as well."
-Anne Treisman, University of California, Berkeley.

"The list of contributors could not be more impressive and nicely covers the range topics that are now under keen discussion."
-Howard Gardner, Harvard University and Boston University.