Excerpts from
L.Kleine-Horst: "Empiristic theory of visual gestalt perception. Hierarchy and interactions of visual functions" (ETVG). Köln
2001 (Preface and Introduction)


Those who will first receive this book

At this point, I believe I have incorporated all the essential information into this book. The time has come, after the fruitless attempts in 1961-63 and 1985-92, to make a third attempt to direct the attention of scientists toward my theory and let the small stream of my ideas and knowledge flow into the large river of science.

I expect neurobiologists to be particularly interested in my theory for three reasons: first, they possess a "hierarchy consciousness" that facilitates their thinking in terms of the ETVG. Second, they have not yet developed an own theory of visual perception, which would have to be "defended" against a new competing theory. Third, the ETVG is even capable of leading them in their experimental investigations, as it predicts the existence of defined functions as well as the defined connections between them, whose corresponding neuronal functions and connections have already partly been found. This allows one to hope that the others will be found as well.

So that this book has the best chances of soon being read by a number of (predominantly visual) scientists whom I would assume to be interested, I am sending a copy to them. Unfortunately, the selection of the "first receivers" has to be somewhat arbitrary, due to my incomplete knowledge of both the present literature and the special interests of its authors. In order to increase the book's chances of soon being discussed, I am announcing the addresses of the authors to whom I am sending a copy:

Atkinson, Janette, Visual Development Unit, Department of Psychology, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E  6BT, UK

Beck, Jacob, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403, USA

Bülthoff, Heinrich, MPI für biologische Kybernetik, Spemannstr. 38, 72076 Tübingen, Germany

Coren, Stanley, Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, 2136 West Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T IY7, Canada

Desimone, Robert, Laboratory of Neuropsychology, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, USA

Dresp, Birgitta, Université Louis Pasteur, Laboratoire de Psychophysique Sensorielle, EP 618 du CNRS, Strasbourg, France

Gerbino, Walter, Department of Psychology, University of Trieste, via dell' Università 7, 34123 Trieste, Italy

Gilbert, Charles, The Rockefeller University, 1230 York Avenue, New York, NY 10021, USA

Grossberg, Stephen, Deparatment of Cognitive and Neural Systems and Center for Adaptive Systems, Boston University, 677 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215, USA

Julesz, Bela, LVR, Psychology Building, Busch Campus, Piscataway, NJ 08854, U.S.A

Kennedy, John M, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto, 1265 Military Trails, Scarborough, Ontario M1C 1A4, Canada

Markovic, S, University of Belgrade, Laboratory for Experimental Psychology, Cika Llubina 18-20, 11000 Belgrade, Jugoslavia

Pomerantz, James R, Department of Psychology, Rice University, MS-25 (452 Sewall Hall), 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005 - 1892, USA

Ramachandran, V S, Brain and Perception Laboratory, Department of Psychology, 0109, University of California, San Diego, Ja Lolla, CA 92093, USA

Spekreisje, Henk, Department of Visual System Analysis, AMC, Graduate School of Neurosciences, University of Amsterdam, P.O.Box 12o11, 1100 AA Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Spillmann, Lothar, AG Hirnforschung, Institut für Biophysik und Strahlenbio- logie, Universität Freiburg, Hansastr. 9, 79104 Freiburg/Br., Germany

Tanaka, Keiji, The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN), 2-1 Hirosawa, Wako-shi, Saitama, 351-01, Japan

Treisman, Anne, Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA

van de Grind, W.A., Department of Neuroethology and Comparative Physiology, University of Utrecht, Padualaan 8, 3584 CH Utrecht, The Netherlands

von der Heydt, Rüdiger, Krieger Mind-Brain Institute, 3400 North Charles Street, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA

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