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Scientific study of vision and art, including reading and beauty.

Observing Turrell’s skyspace

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Observing Turrell's skyspaceObserving Turrell’s skyspace at PS1. James Turrell “Meeting” skyspace at PS1 Museum in Long Island City, NY. 4-5 PM, Monday, November 23, 2009. A very faint rain fell for most of the hour. The sun set at 4:32 PM. We report nearly twenty observations recorded by the students of my “Experiments in Beauty” undergraduate psychology class at NYU. This is a one-page epilog to my 2005 chapter “What is observation” on taking students to observe Turrell’s piece. “Skyspace” is a 2006 NPR Studio 360 radio interview of me about this by Kurt Andersen, produced by Laura Starecheski.

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February 14, 2010 at 12:39 am

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Publishing is the new literacy

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Published “The Writing Revolution” with Chuck Bigelow in Seed: Science is Culture (October 2009) on the history and future of reading and authorship. Cody Brown summed it up as “Publishing is the new literacy.” Received one thousand links and ten thousand visitors. See comments and our responses at the New York Times.
The history of authorship

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February 14, 2010 at 12:07 am

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The uncrowded window

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Demonstration that all objects have the same critical spacing for crowding.
Of all my journal papers, I’d single out this one, with Kat Tillman, to represent my research to date. “Crowding” is a breakdown of object recognition due to the combining of features over an inappropriately large area. Most of our visual field is crowded most of the time. The spared central field is the uncrowded window through which we recognize objects and read.
Pelli, D. G., & Tillman, K. A. (2008) The uncrowded window of object recognition. Nature Neuroscience, 11(10):1129-1135.  [PDF, including supplement]

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February 12, 2010 at 2:05 pm

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