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

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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 2006
EditorsA. Butz
PublisherSpringer Heidelberg
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Symposium on Smart Graphics, SG 2006 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 23 Jul 200625 Jul 2006
Conference number: 6th

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceInternational Symposium on Smart Graphics, SG 2006
Abbreviated titleSG 2006


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