Visual Perception and the Brain

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The course will consider how what we see is generated by the visual system, and what visual perception indicates about how the brain works. The evidence will be drawn from neuroscience, psychology, science history and philosophy. Although the discussions will be informed by visual system anatomy and physiology, the focus is on perception.
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The basic idea of this course is that visual perception has been shaped by natural selection and as such our experiences today with human vision must be understood as dealing with the strengths and limitations of the mechanism found by evolution for seeing. This is a very interesting - and totally correct - view. It is a perspective that may seem trivial at first, but it's often forgotten by people with "computational" and strict objectivist views about vision. It was an enlightening experience for that reason. The message was repeated many times and applied to many areas (color, light, etc.). If you're interested in this topic it is definitely a nice complement to other courses where other views are held. I would, though, be weary of mantras such as "color is not a property of the object" just because we experience color differently depending, for example, on contextual cues. There are objective physical properties of objects that ... The basic idea of this course is that visual perception has been shaped by natural selection and as such our experiences today with human vision must be understood as dealing with the strengths and limitations of the mechanism found by evolution for seeing. This is a very interesting - and totally correct - view. It is a perspective that may seem trivial at first, but it's often forgotten by people with "computational" and strict objectivist views about vision. It was an enlightening experience for that reason. The message was repeated many times and applied to many areas (color, light, etc.). If you're interested in this topic it is definitely a nice complement to other courses where other views are held. I would, though, be weary of mantras such as "color is not a property of the object" just because we experience color differently depending, for example, on contextual cues. There are objective physical properties of objects that relate to color, and light, and all aspects related to vision - if you define them that way. This course understands the psycho-physical component of vision only and so it naturally tends to see vision as subjective. It's interesting, just put it into perspective.
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