Constraints on view combination : Effects of self-occlusion and differences among familiar and novel views

Alan C.-N. WONG*, William G. HAYWARD

*Corresponding author for this work

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The use of multiple familiar views of objects to facilitate recognition of novel views has been addressed in a number of behavioral studies, but the results have not been conclusive. The present study was a comprehensive examination of view combination for different types of novel views (internal or external to the studied views) and different objects (amoeboid objects and objects composed of geons; objects with and without self-occlusion across rotation). The authors found that the advantage gained from the study of 2 views was more than the generalization from each of the studied views presented alone. This facilitation occurred only for internal views but not external views. In addition, the benefits from the study of 2 views diminished when (a) the studied views did not share the same visible features and when (b) the studied views were separated by a small angular difference.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-121
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2005
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

A preliminary version of this work was presented in a poster session at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Orlando, Florida, November 2001.

This work was partially supported by a postgraduate research funding from the Department of Psychology of The Chinese University of Hong Kong to Alan C.-N. Wong and by a grant from the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Project No. CUHK4232/02H) to William G. Hayward.


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