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Knowledge Representation by Arthur B. Markman

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Chapter 6

Structure in Perceptual Representations

PERCEPTUAL REPRESENTATION AND PERCEPTUAL EXPERIENCE

For those of us who are normally sighted, the visual world is one of the most compelling facets of psychological experience. Without effort or attention, merely opening our eyes reveals a coherent sense of the outside world. Visual experience provides information about the three-dimensional layout of the world and about the size, shape, color, texture, and motion of objects, and this information is rapidly integrated with information from other perceptual modalities.

Visual perception is the prime example of a central paradox in cognitive science: What is difficult for people to do is easy for computers, but what is easy for people to do is difficult ...

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