As we interact with our environment, our senses absorb large amounts of information that our brains interpret and catalogue. This sensory data then influences how we learn from our environment and interact with it in the future. Understanding the mechanisms by which we perceive, decipher, and retain information is key to understanding ourselves and answering the questions, "How do we learn?" and "How can we improve our learning experiences?" This book seeks to answer these questions by focusing on three topics within the field of cognitive psychology that directly influence human information processing: vision, memory, and attention. Inspired by the work of George Sperling, a renowned expert in cognitive science and an early pioneer in the study of human information processing, the contributors to this book examine new computational models and methodologies. They study concepts such as the effects of human eye movements on our interpretation of visual stimuli to demonstrate how vision, memory, and attention are interlinked, and how they influence how we learn.
The contributors also describe real-world applications for research, including technological innovations that can augment our senses and help us derive more information from our environment.
Charles Chubb is a Professor in the Department of Cognitive Sciences at the University of California at Irvine, USA. He also holds the position of Adjunct Senior Scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA. Barbara Dosher is a Distinguished Professor of cognitive sciences at the University of California, Irvine, USA and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. She studies how humans perceive, remember, and retrieve information using a combination of behavioural testing and mathematical modelling. Zhong-Lin Lu obtained a BS in theoretical physics from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1989 and a PhD under Samuel J. Williamson in physics at New York University, USA(1989-1992). This was followed by a four-year post-doc in Cognitive Science with George Sperling at University of California, Irvine, USA. Richard M. Shiffrin is Distinguished Professor, and Luther Dana Waterman Professor at Indiana University, USA as well as Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Cognitive Science, and Statistics. He is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.
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