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Object Recognition

Object recognition

Core Areas

  • Cognitive demon
  • Decision demon
  • Face recognition
  • Feature demon
  • Feature detection theory
  • Full primal sketch
  • Geons
  • Image demon
  • Marr's computational model
  • Normalisation
  • Pandemonium model of feature detection
  • Pattern recognition
  • Prototype theory
  • Range map
  • Raw primal sketch
  • Template theory
  • 3-D representation
  • 2.5-D representation

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this chapter you should be able to:

  • define the key terms;
  • distinguish between theories of pattern recognition and face recognition;
  • understand the psychological explanations of object recognition and the contribution made by neuroscience;
  • acknowledge the work of key thinkers in this area; and
  • critically evaluate their work.

Running Themes

  • Bottom-up processing
  • Ecological validity
  • Experimental cognitive psychology
  • Gestalt psychology
  • Modularity
  • Top-down processing


Eysenck & Keane (2000) outline the three key processes involved in object recognition; the fact that environmental stimuli overlap so a decision has to be made about the beginning and end of objects, they need to be recognised from different orientations and distances and categorisation ...

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