Vision Res.(07) Munn and Geil

Ways of Seeing Visual Perception: Physiology, Psychology and Ecology Theories of Vision from Al-Kindi to Kepler (Chicago History of Science & Medicine)
Ways of Seeing Visual Perception: Physiology, Psychology and Ecology Theories of Vision from Al-Kindi to Kepler (Chicago History of Science & Medicine)

Research into Visual Perception conducted by Munn & Geil

Most of the 1020s-1940s investigations into human visual perception using simple, two-dimensional, geometrical forms were concerned with the influence of the effect on visual perception of past experience. Later, investigators began to compare the relative ease/difficultly with which different shapes could be:

  1. detected, and
  2. recognized / identified.

Munn and Geil were concerned with peripheral vision and used simple, two-dimensional, geometrical figures, as described in their 1931 publication: N.L.Munn & G.M.Geil, "A note on peripheral form discrimination", J.Gen.Psychol., Vol.5, pp.78-88 (1931).

In this case, a circle, square, diamond, rectangle, hexagon and triangle were presented to observers, at a range of locations in their field of view, and in combinations of two (sometimes two of the same form) at any one time.

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This section includes summaries of historial research and theories of human visual perception of simple two-dimensional objects. For more about the human visual system see The Eye, Parts of Eye, Eye & Vision Disorders, Ophthalmological Procedures.

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