SAGE Journal Articles

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Linda B. Smith 
From Fragments to Geometric Shape: Changes in Visual Object Recognition Between 18 and 24 Months 
Current Directions in Psychological Science October 2009 18: 290-294, doi:10.1111/j.1467-8721.2009.01654.x 

  • Why do we expect that the processes underlying visual recognition will change between ages 18-24months?
  • What is the relationship between the object-naming period of childhood and whole-object representations of geometric shape?
  • How does a child shift from fragmented representation to three-dimensional representations of shape?


Kalanit Grill-Spector and Rory Sayres 
Object Recognition: Insights From Advances in fMRI Methods 
Current Directions in Psychological Science April 2008 17: 73-79, doi:10.1111/j.1467-8721.2008.00552.x 

  • What parts of the brain are involved in object recognition? What is the best neuroimaging technique to determine this?
  • What electrophysiological processes are responsible for the recognition and neural representation of faces and objects?
  • What is fMRI-A, and how does it elucidate upon the process of object recognition beyond a basic fMRI?
  • How is pattern analysis involved in facial and object recognition?
  • In what ways does fMRI-HR improve upon the information gathered from other types of MRI’s?


Jason M. Gold 
A Perceptually Completed Whole Is Less Than the Sum of Its Parts 
Psychological Science June 2014 25: 1206-1217, first published on May 5, 2014 doi:10.1177/0956797614530725

  • How do we perceive objects when part of the object is obstructed from view? How is visual completion involved in this process?
  • What are optimal, suboptimal, and superoptimal integration?
  • What are some examples of tasks (or stimuli) that can be presented to determine the process of visual completeness?