5. Phenomenal Qualities and the Development of Perceptual Integration

  1. Liliana Albertazzi
  1. Mariann Hudák1,
  2. Zoltan Jakab2 and
  3. Ilona Kovács1

Published Online: 31 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118329016.ch5

Handbook of Experimental Phenomenology: Visual Perception of Shape, Space and Appearance

Handbook of Experimental Phenomenology: Visual Perception of Shape, Space and Appearance

How to Cite

Hudák, M., Jakab, Z. and Kovács, I. (2013) Phenomenal Qualities and the Development of Perceptual Integration, in Handbook of Experimental Phenomenology: Visual Perception of Shape, Space and Appearance (ed L. Albertazzi), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118329016.ch5

Editor Information

  1. University of Trento Center for the Mind and Brain (CIMeC), Italy

Author Information

  1. 1

    Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

  2. 2

    Institute of Psychology for Special Education, Loránd Eötvös University, Hungary

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 31 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 30 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119954682

Online ISBN: 9781118329016

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Keywords:

  • binocular vision;
  • color vision;
  • form perception;
  • newly sighted patients;
  • perceptual integration;
  • phenomenal qualities;
  • visual perception

Summary

Perceptual integration plays a key role in bringing about the subjective aspect of experience. Some types of phenomenal experience seem to occur independently of early perceptual learning. To make this point, this chapter first focuses on color and luminance sensation and color experience in infants, and subjects whose sight was restored after long-term blindness. Relevant data about the development of color vision in infancy and childhood are reviewed. Then, some observations about vision in the newly sighted are presented. Finally, the chapter suggests that overall, the development of color perception relies, to a considerable extent, on genetically preprogrammed maturation, whereas the perception of form and space relies heavily on perceptual learning through childhood.