Schyns P G, Oliva A, 1997, "Flexible, diagnosticity-driven, rather than fixed, perceptually determined scale selection in scene and face recognition" Perception 26(8) 1027 – 1038
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Flexible, diagnosticity-driven, rather than fixed, perceptually determined scale selection in scene and face recognition
Philippe G Schyns, Aude Oliva
Received 8 November 1996, accepted 2 April 1997
Abstract. Different classifications of an identical visual stimulus may require different perceptual properties from the visual input. How do processes of object and scene categorisation use the information associated with different perceptual spatial scales? One scenario suggests that recognition should use coarse blobs before fine-scale edges because scale usage is perceptually determined. However, perceptual determination neglects one important aspect of any recognition task: the information demands of the considered classification of the input. Evidence is reviewed suggesting that scale usage could be flexibly determined by the diagnosticity of scale-specific cues for different categorisations of scenes and faces.