Reduce, reuse, recycle your vision: the basis of rich and stable perceptual experience
Lecture | March 6 | 3:15 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room
The visual world is cluttered, discontinuous, and noisy, but our perceptual experience is notscenes appear rich, seamless, and stable. This seeming contradiction has posed a challenge for theories of perception for decades. In this talk, I will discuss two complementary processes that reconcile the contradiction: First, a mechanism that generates rich visual impressions by efficiently compressing clutter into summary statistical representations, and, second, a mechanism that recycles prior percepts to smooth and stabilize perceptual experience. Together, these mechanisms transform chaos into coherence and drive our impression of a vibrant, detailed, and stable world.