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Comparative vision: mid-level processing of form and motion in humans and pigeons

  • Author / Creator
    Nankoo, Jean-François
  • The ability to perceive and act upon the external world is fundamental to every organism. For species such as humans and pigeons, vision is a dominant modality that allows interaction with the world. In this dissertation I examine the similarities and differences between humans and pigeons, two distantly related species that share the common problem of perceiving an object‐filled world. Specifically, results are presented from a series of studies examining how form and motion interact and how they contribute to object perception at the intermediate level of visual processing. The similarities and differences in form and motion perception in humans and pigeons are discussed with respect to similarities and differences in neuroanatomy and with respect to evolutionary adaptation. The research presented in this dissertation provides evidence to further the current understanding of the general principles of object perception and vision in general.

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  • Graduation date
    2015-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Doctor of Philosophy
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3028PQ5P
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Doctoral
  • Department
    • Department of Psychology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Spetch, Marcia (Psychology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Wylie, Douglas (Psychology)
    • Chapman, Craig (Physical Education)
    • Mou, Weimin (Psychology)
    • Cook, Robert (Psychology)