Image-Based Recognition of Biological Motion, Scenes, and Objects

Isabelle Bülthoff, Heinrich H. Bülthoff

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter summarizes evidence favoring the use of viewpoint-specific representations in the perception of moving objects (point-light walkers), moving faces, and moving scenes (i.e., scenes presented to viewers as if they were moving through them). It assumes that viewpoint-dependent representations are holistic, and that view-independent representations are analytic. It reviews several recognition experiments that support the use of image-based mechanisms for object recognition. The research also pushes the boundaries of classic object recognition to incorporate new territory. It reviews studies investigating the recognition of dynamic objects (biological motion), testing the recognition of scenes in virtual reality, and exploring the temporal aspect of object recognition.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerception of Faces, Objects, and Scenes
Subtitle of host publicationAnalytic and Holistic Processes
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199848058
ISBN (Print)9780195313659
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Jun 22


  • Biological
  • Explicit tasks
  • Implicit tasks
  • Object recognition
  • Object representation
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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