Translations: effects of viewpoint, feature, naming and context on identifying repeatedly copied drawings

Dyson, Benjamin J and Cohen, Rachel (2010) Translations: effects of viewpoint, feature, naming and context on identifying repeatedly copied drawings. Perception, 39 (2). pp. 157-172. ISSN 0301-0066

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Abstract

We explored the tension between bottom – up and top – down contributions to object recognition in a collaboration between a visual artist and a cognitive psychologist. Initial pictorial renderings of objects and animals from various viewpoints were iteratively copied, and a series of drawings that changed from highly concrete images into highly abstract images was produced. In drawing identification in which sets were shown in reverse order, participants were more accurate, more confident, and quicker to correctly identify the evolving image when it was originally displayed from a canonical viewpoint with all salient features present. In drawing identification in which images were shown in random order, more abstract images could be resolved as a result of previously identifying a more concrete iteration of the same drawing. The results raise issues about the influence of viewpoint and feature on the preservation of pictorial images and about the role of labelling in the interpretation of ambiguous stimuli. In addition, the study highlights a procedure in which visual stimuli can degrade without necessitating a substantial loss of complexity.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: Q Science > QZ Psychology
Depositing User: Ben Dyson
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2015 13:35
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 08:11
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/52138

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