Warrington E K, James M, 1986, "Visual object recognition in patients with right-hemisphere lesions: axes or features?" Perception 15(3) 355 – 366
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Visual object recognition in patients with right-hemisphere lesions: axes or features?
Elizabeth K Warrington, Merle James
Received 6 November 1985
Abstract. An investigation is reported of the ability of normal subjects and patients with right-hemisphere lesions to identify 3-D shadow images of common objects from different viewpoints. Object recognition thresholds were measured in terms of angle of rotation (through the horizontal or vertical axis) required for correct identification. Effects of axial rotation were very variable and no evidence was found of a typical recognition threshold function relating angle of view to object identification. Although the right-hemisphere-lesion group was consistently and significantly worse than the control group, no qualitative differences between the groups were observed. The findings are discussed in relation to Marr's theory that the geometry of a 3-D shape is derived from axial information, and it is argued that the data reported are more consistent with a distinctive-features model of object recognition.
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