Cognition and the Visual Arts

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MIT Press, 1996 - Psychology - 294 pages
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An experienced and prolific writer, Robert Solso has a gift for simplifying sometimes difficult concepts in science. Here he brings a refreshing new approach to the psychology of art, synthesizing research from a vast collection of data on how humans perceive, process, and store information and applying it to the viewing and interpretation of art. In this first systematic study of the connection between the new cognitive psychology and its importance to art, Solso reflects on the long relationship between humankind and art, observing that "mind and art are one." A major theme of this book, in fact, is that the clearest view of the mind comes when we create or experience art, a reverse of the usual view of art and cognition. The illustrations cover a wide range of examples, including African, Asian, and prehistoric art, but focusing primarily on Western art. The treatment of cognition applies a blend of the standard information-processing model, brain function, and neural networks.Cognitive Psychology series

  

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Contents

The Science of Vision
1
The Eye
12
From the Eye to the Brain
34
A Model of Visual Cognition and the Brain
42
Figure and Form Perception
51
Context Cognition and Art
101
Visual
157
binocular and monocular cues 161
161
Pragnanz 9699 146
191
Proximity 8889
218
Canonic Representations
231
Memory and the Comprehension of Art
249
In Mind and Art
257
Notes
271
References
277
Illustration Credits
283

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167
Perspective and the History of Art
189

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About the author (1996)

Robert L. Solso is Professor and Head of the Cognitive Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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