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Cognitive Psychology 2101 Week 3 Notes (9/15)

by: Asmaa Abdullah

Cognitive Psychology 2101 Week 3 Notes (9/15) PSY 2101 - 001

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There are only notes for what was covered in class on Thursday 9/15 since we had our first exam on Tuesday 9/13. These notes cover what was lectured on in class from Chapter 3.
Pamela J. Shapiro (P)
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Date Created: 09/16/16
9/13: Exam 1 (Hope you did well!) 9/15: Chapter 3: Visual Perception The Visual System ● visual perception seems easy and effortless ○ Fast ○ automatic ● while we actually undergo complex cognitive mechanisms to perceive the world  around us ● Vision is the modality through which much of our knowledge is acquired ● Vision provides an excellent illustration of how the close study of the brain can  proceed and what it can teach us. ● Neural bases of vision well understood What can we learn from brain damage? ● Akinetopsia ○ Inability to perceive motion ■ See “nothing between” location ■ (imagine it like the comparison between comic­ books and movies) ■ we take motion perception for granted ○ L.M. a 43 year old woman with bilateral lesions to the temporo­ occipital cortex ■ She feared crossing the street ■ Had trouble following conversations ■ couldn’t pour tea Structure of Visual System ● is designed to project a sharp image onto the retina ○ Light enters the eye through the cornea ○ The cornea and lens refract the light rays to the retina ● Retina has three main layers ○ Rods and cones ○ Bipolar cells ○ Ganglion cells ­­ the optic nerve ● Photoreceptors  ● Rods Cones Lower sensitivity Higher sensitivity Lower acuity Higher acuity Color­blind color­sensitive Periphery of the retina In the fovea ● A series of neurons communicates information from the retina to the cortex, each layer stimulating the next ○ in the eye ■ photoreceptors  ■ bipolar cells ■ Ganglion cells and the optic nerve ○ In the thalamus: ■ Lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN) ○ In the cortex: ■ V1 ● the primary visual projection area  (primary visual cortex) located in the occipital lobe ● Different neurons in area V1 are  specialized ● resulting in parallel processing, not serial processing ○ Complex process can be split up and worked on by different areas. ○ Then these different  processing streams can be quickly integrated. ○ In parallel processing, one process does not have to wait for the other. It’s much  FASTER ○ from area v1, info is  sent to many secondary cortical visual areas for further  parallel processing ○ These secondary  visual areas lead to two major processing streams, the  what system and the where system. The what system: ● Identification of objects ● Occipital­temporal pathway ● Damage Visual agnosia (inability to recognize objects) The where system: ● locations of objects and guiding our responses ● Occipital­parietal pathway ● Damage problems with reaching for seen objects ((Different aspects of a single object­­shape, color, movement, location­­are analyzed in  different parts of the visual system)) ● Parallel processing splits up problem → but we do not see the world as disjointed → binding problem Elements that help solve the binding problem ● Spatial position—features are mapped to location ○ visual areas processing features like shape, color, and motion  each know the spatial position of the object ● Neural synchrony—cells fire together ((Cells that fire together, wire  together)) ○ visual areas processing features of the same object fire in a  synchronous rhythm with each other Attention is critical for binding visual features. ● When attention is overloaded, people will make conjunction errors. ○ correctly detect the features present on a visual display, ○ make errors about how the features are bound together, ● People with attention deficits due to parietal cortex damage are particularly  impaired at judging features combined into objects. ● An account of vision requires both lower­level activities and higher­level  activities ● Lower­level ○ Single­cell recording ■ Frequency of action potentials = various visual  stimuli ■ The more frequent the neuron’s firing rate → neuron is specialized for the certain stimuli that causes the frequent action potentials ● Researchers manipulate stimuli and  record which stimuli triggers what neurons ● This is how they map out the  receptive field for visual system’s cells ○ Receptive fields of  bipolar cells, ganglion cells, and cells in the LGN have a  center­surround organization ■ stimulu s in center leads to faster firing rates ■ stimulu s in surrounding area leads to slower firing rates ■ the  closer you get to the sensitive area, the more  frequent the action potentials ○ Receptive fields of  cells in the primary visual cortex (V1)are lines of  particular orientations Form Perception ● The process through which the basic shape and size of an object are seen ● Object recognition is the process through which the object is identified ○ Begins with the detection of simple visual features ○ Our perception of the visual world goes “beyond the information  given” ○ Gestalt psychology: “The whole is different from the sum of its  parts.” ■ If an object can be perceived in different ways, only one way is perceived at a time. ■ No more than one perception is possible at the  same time ■ Figure/ground organization and Necker cube  are examples of this ■ These examples might suggest that perception  proceeds in two stages: ● One where visual features are  processed ● And a later stage in which  perception goes “beyond the information given.” ■ However, this view presumes serial processing, not the parallel processing that characterizes the visual system ■ Brain areas that analyze basic visual features and  the brain areas that analyze large­scale form are interactive, each  sending information to the other ● This is another example of parallel  processing ○ What we see is not just determined by the stimuli in front of our  eyes, but also the brain’s interpretation of that stimulus ○ the perceptual system operates as if it were generating  hypotheses about what objects are being perceived, given the available data ● Your ability to interpret forms is governed by a few basic principles ○ Similarity: We tend to group things that have similar features ○ Proximity: We tend to group things that are close together. ○ Good continuation: We tend to see a continuous form rather  than broken or multiple forms. ○ Closure: We tend to perceive closed figures rather than  incomplete ones. ○ Simplicity: We tend to interpret a form in the simplest way  possible. ● The sensory information we receive changes but object properties appear as  constant. ● Perceptual constancy ○ Size constancy ○ Shape constancy ○ Brightness constancy ● We need to know distance to be successful at size, shape, and brightness  judgments ● Perceptual Constancy and Unconscious Inference ○ distance cues to judge size (unconscious calculations) ○ relationships and proportions ○ ((Closer objects cast larger retinal images and vice versa)) ● Binocular disparity ○ Each eye receives different stimuli. ○ The difference in the distance between object A and B on each  retina, allows us to perceive depth. ○ This is why we have a different perspective from each eye


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