Principles of feature integration in visual perception

@article{Prinzmetal1981PrinciplesOF,
  title={Principles of feature integration in visual perception},
  author={William Prinzmetal},
  journal={Perception \& Psychophysics},
  year={1981},
  volume={30},
  pages={330-340}
}
  • W. Prinzmetal
  • Published 1 July 1981
  • Psychology
  • Perception & Psychophysics
Several recent theories of visual information processing have postulated that errors in recognition may result not only from a failure in feature extraction, but also from a failure to correctly join features after they have been correctly extracted. Errors that result from incorrectly integrating features are called conjunction errors. The present study uses conjunction errors to investigate the principles used by the visual system to integrate features. The research tests whether the visual… 
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