Theorists Have a Field Day

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(8), 640–642. Reviews the book, Formal Theories of Visual Perception edited by E. L. J. Leeuwenberg and H. F. J. M. Buffart (1978). The volume has been somewhat arbitrarily divided into two sections, each containing eight articles. The first of these sections is entitled “Theories on Field Effects,” and the second “Coding Theories of Complex Patterns.” Although neither field effects nor coding is ever clearly denned, the following rule of thumb performs the classification. Lack of space prevents me from more than a brief review of content. By way of consolation perhaps, the book does possess an index! It is beautifully done, stocked with exotic entries such as “interestingness,” “random, dot stereopsis pattern,” and “warning, system early” complete with elaborate cross referencing. Clearly my overall impressions of this book are very mixed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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