The experience of human vision is devoid of all sorts of efforts and gives the deceptive impression that visual information processing is an extremely simple process. However, our illusion immediately dissipates when we take into consideration the fact that the visual system has to establish a unified and continuous, three-dimensional visual experience from a character string of two dimensions, fragmented in time and space. What could attest better to what an enormous accomplishment this is, than the surprisingly modest results achieved through intense work during the past few decades in the sphere of artificial vision and image processing.
The aim of the lectures is to acquaint the audience interested in visual perception and cognition with the newest results in connection with the central nervous system processing of vision. Following the description of the fundamental nervous system structures and mechanisms of vision, they introduce us to data acquired through the newest analytical methods, with a special view on the explanation for certain “curiosities” (perceptual phenomena, illusions, perceptional disturbances). In our lectures, we also touch upon what these latest accomplishments contribute to the understanding of nervous system functions of a higher order, such as memory, decision-making, emotions and consciousness, as well as the visual art visual mode.
 magyarul VISION
from neurobiology to perception, or the artistic mode of vision and the neural and cognitive processes constituting the foundations of creative processes
Lectures of Dr. Gyula Kovács and Dr. Zoltán Vidnyánszky

 Outline of the Lectures

in hungarian
3 October 2001, 6 p.m.
1. The Neurobiology of Vision
The neuroanatomical bases and mechanisms of parallel and hierarchical visual information processing;
Neural code and selectivity.

in hungarian
17 October 2001, 6 p.m.
2. The Dimensions of the Seen World in the Nervous System
Colour, form, space.
Lecture of Ilona Kovács (Rutgers University, NJ.)
For material related to the lecture, see:http://zeus.rutgers.edu/~ikovacs/C3_2001.html

in hungarian
7 November 2001, 6 p.m.
3. The Connection Between the Processes of Visual Perception and Neural Mechanisms
Detectional and discriminational thresholds | Contextual and attentional processes | Learning, memory, imagination and visual consciousness.

in hungarian
21 November 2001, 6 p.m.
4. Vision as an Active Process
The interdependencies of action and perception.

in hungarian
12 December 2001, 6 p.m.
5. Art and the Brain
Visual perceptual organization and visual art tendencies, expressive forms (Gregory, Wade, etc.); S. Zeki: Theory of aesthetics based on the understanding of brain function; VS Ramachandran: Neurobiological laws of the production of artistic experience; Representational and non-representational theories of vision and visual arts (Noë).

Recommended Literature:
Changeux, J. P.: L'Homme neuronal
Julesz, Béla: Dialogues on Perception
Pléh, Csaba: Introduction to Cognitive Science

  Location: C3 Foundation, Budapest I. Országház u. 9, Auditorium