Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Reaction: Attention and Visual Memory in Visualization and Computer Graphics

                This paper seems to provide a very good and comprehensive review of the way we see and perceive in our visual fields and the way that we are able to process what we have seen. This slow development of theories from earlier and simpler schemes to later more complicated, and possibly more complete theories of this cognitive process, provided an easing into the difficulty that arises when dealing with human thought and perception.
                What struck me as interesting is how this field of study could provide insight into autistic people and how they perceive the world. In some theories describing autism, it is thought that some forms of autism, especially autism spectrum disorders, are essentially an overwhelming of the senses and a difficulty processing an unrestricted buffer of information to the brain. If we can understand more about how we perceive through sight, it might be possible to create means that will allow a restriction of the information received by the brain and thus allowing autistic people the ability to perceive through sight as people without the disorder do, and help them better understand the world around them and to better cope with it.