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Rethinking Figure-Ground Organization

Steven Palmer, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Several new results related to figure-ground organization from my laboratory will be presented that question the classical view of figure-ground organization as a unitary phenomenon and/or process: extremal edges, gradient cuts, edge-region grouping, the occlusion illusion, and the hole paradox. What emerges is a different view in which the perceptual interpretation near a depth edge results from a complex interaction among at least four different components: perception of local depth across the edge, shape perception, visual attention, and both modal and amodal completion of the partly occluded surface.

Date: 11.07.2008

Time: 15:30 h

Location: Rotunde Cartesium, Enrique-Schmidt-Str. 5, Universität Bremen

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