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New Frontiers Seminar Series (NFSS), Thursday, March 1st, 2012


Have you ever wondered how a blind person can draw a scene that is before his eyes as well as a sighted person?

This very question will be discussed by our own, and a renowned scholar, Dr. John Kennedy, Department of Psychology, in his presentation entitled “A richly illustrated talk about the basis of perception”. All faculty and students are invited to attend this New Frontiers Seminar Series talk.

Dr. Kennedy is only the second scholar in the history of UTSC to be raised to the distinguished rank of University Professor.

He has published numerous books and over 300 scientific papers (including ones in Scientific American, American Scientist, Science, and Nature). His work on the psychology of perception and cognition has been described as one of the "ideas that changed the way we think" by New York Times, and as one of the top ten ideas of the year by the Times. Furthermore, his work has been described as seminal, triggering a burst of new programs in galleries and museums around the world.

Pictures by the blind tell us about cave-art outline, Renaissance perspective & modern metaphors. Outline pictures show 6 kinds of figure-ground surface edges, a principle evident in cave art. In touch as well as vision these edges are perceived from a vantage point so Renaissance linear perspective applies to the visible and the tactile environment. Showing the environment unrealistically is a way of creating pictorial metaphors. Blind and sighted artists depict concepts, impressions and thoughts metaphorically.

Kennedy will present 8 ways to structure visual input, offer a new theory of perceptual Gestalts and discuss recent studies by graduate students Wnuczko and Hammad on perspective and illusions (work undertaken in association with Dr. M. Niemeier).

Date: Thursday, March 1st, 2012
Time: noon-1pm
Location: AA-160

This seminar is a great way to learn about fabulous research that is taking place at UTSC. The New Frontiers Seminar Series is organized by the Graduate Students' Association at Scarborough (GSAS). This talk is supported by the Office of the Vice-Principal, Research.

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