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Contour discontinuities subserve two types of form analysis that underlie motion processing

Peter Tse

Monday, March 26, 2007, 01:00pm - 02:00pm

Dartmouth College, Psychological & Brain Sciences, Linguistics and Cognitive Sciences

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Form analysis subserves motion processing in at least two ways: first, in terms of figural segmentation dedicated to solving the problem of figure-to-figure matching over time, and second, in terms of defining trackable features whose unambiguous motion signals can be generalized to ambiguously moving portions of an object. The former is a primarily ventral process involving the lateral occipital complex and also retinotopic areas such as V2 and V4, and the latter is a dorsal process involving V3A. Contour discontinuities, such as corners, deep concavities, maxima of positive curvature, junctions, and terminators, play a central role in both types of form analysis. Transformational apparent motion will be discussed in the context of figural segmentation and matching, and rotational motion in the context of trackable features. In both cases the analysis of form must proceed in parallel with the analysis of motion, in order to constrain the ongoing analysis of motion. Here's the link to the background reading that Peter Tse sent for histalk:

Peter Tse