Editorial: Color and Form Perception: Straddling the Boundary

Paramei, Galina V. and van Leeuwen, Cees (2016) Editorial: Color and Form Perception: Straddling the Boundary. Frontiers in Psychology, 7 (104). pp. 1-2. ISSN 1664-1078


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The Editorial on the Research Topic
Color and Form Perception: Straddling the Boundary
For many years, the dominating stance in neuroscience was that visual information processing is
characterized by feature analysis (Hubel and Wiesel, 1959), followed by convergence and synthesis
in a cascade of information processing stages (Hubel and Livingstone, 1987). In this cascade, color
and features, such as orientation of achromatic contour segments, are initially separate (Zeki, 1978).
So the question of how color and form perception are related was simply: At what level of processing
do chromatic and achromatic features come together?
This question has taken a different form today. In the present volume, whereas Moutoussis
presents a contemporary version of this classical view, Rentzeperis et al. argue that neuroscience
has moved on to accommodate broadband selectivity and population coding of sensory information,
as well as lateral and feedback connections, enabling context-selective tuning of receptive fields.
This means that the neural architecture, as understood today, enables a broad variety of perceptual
integration functions.
Therefore, we should not be surprised that integration of color and form appear at different levels
and in various domains, from integration of color and orientation, over dynamically filling in (or
the watercolor effect), to higher-order processes, such as implicit associations of color and shape in
aesthetic judgments and color constancy for 3D objects.
These different topics are brought together in the present E-Book. We expect that the collection
of articles will be attractive to the community of researchers whose work straddles the boundary
between the two visual perception fields—of color and form perception, as well as to the wider
community interested in integrative/systems neuroscience.

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Keywords: color and form relationship, early visual cortex, distributed processing, complex selectivity of neurons, contour-based filling-in
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > Psychology
Depositing User: Galina Paramei
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2016 09:24
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2017 15:38
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1232

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