An account of image perceptual understanding based on epistemic attention and reference

Nicolas J. Bullot*

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Technological and scientific images, and other images with epistemic uses, have varied appearances and functions. They seem to be analog or symbolic representations available to researchers for a variety of epistemic purposes such as summarizing data, or presenting, discussing and verifying hypothetic propositions about the world. This article studies the perception and understanding of scientific/epistemic images within a conceptual framework grounded in the notion of reference. It introduces the hypothesis stating that the performance of the perceptual understanding of a particular scientific image depends on the epistemic uses of attention. The hypothesis suggests that understanding a scientific picture requires making an epistemic use of the attentional control of visual routines in order to obtain knowledge on the spatial structure and the referents of a particular image or graphic representation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmart Graphics - 6th International Symposium, SG 2006, Proceedings
EditorsAndreas Butz, Brian Fisher, Antonio Krueger, Patrick Olivier
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages6
Volume4073 LNCS
ISBN (Print)3540362932, 9783540362937
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event6th International Symposium on Smart Graphics, SG 2006 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 23 Jul 200625 Jul 2006

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4073 LNCS
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349


Other6th International Symposium on Smart Graphics, SG 2006

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