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The role of feedback in the determination of figure and ground: a combined behavioral and modeling study

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference paper

Lawrence Watling, Michael Spratling, Kris De Meyer, Mark Johnson

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication29th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci2007)
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of a Meeting held 1-4 August, 2007 in Nashville TN
PublisherCurran Associates Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781605605074

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Object knowledge can exert on important influence on even the earliest stages of visual processing. This study demonstrates how a familiarity bias, acquired only briefly before testing, can affect the subsequent segmentation of an otherwise ambiguous figure-ground array, in favor of perceiving the familiar shape as figure. The behavioral data are then replicated using a biologically plausible neural network model that employs feedback connections to implement the demonstrated familiarity bias.

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