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Perceptual consciousness - explication and testing

Perceptual consciousness - explication and testing

Objective

PERCEPT pioneers an approach for explicating a person's subjective interpretation of visual material. This will be achieved through the measurement and rendering of "Interpretation Maps" (IM); visualizations of a person's emotional and attentional states coupled with gaze direction and on-line scene analysis. As a result, thus far hidden personal views will be available for sharing with others, allowing enhanced and even entirely novel ways of communication and collaboration.

Depending on the task, IM can become Beauty Maps (evaluating the aesthetics of art) or Relevance Maps (assessing technical or medical images). Attention and emotions will be measured using neurophysiological (fMRI, NIRS, EEG/ERP, MEG) and behavioral methods (eye-tracking, recognition of emotion in speech and facial expression). We will introduce new techniques of high temporal resolution (such as eye-fixation-based methods of EFRP and FIBER) to allow free visual exploration, working with individual subjects, and combining measures in a novel way.

One exemplary problem is the treatment of fixations as indices of attention. We resolve this by selectively linking behavioral analysis to activities of the dorsal and ventral brain pathways. The ventral pathway is hypothesized to drive "attentive fixations" which we consider relevant for IM. Moreover, automated on-line analysis of textures and material will allow us to couple attention and emotion to objects rather than to isolated spatial locations.

We will demonstrate PERCEPT's principles with masterpieces of European art and scientific images. We will begin to explore the application of IM in medicine, education, geosciences, human-machine interfaces, design and product evaluation. Explicating the content of our " mind's eye" to this unprecedented extent holds both promise and danger. We will actively seek discussion with the general public and scientific community regarding the ethical use of this type of knowledge.

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN

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Helmholtzstrasse 10
Dresden

Germany

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DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET (TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF DENMARK)

Denmark

EÖTVÖS LORÁND UNIVERSITY

Hungary

TEKNILLINEN KORKEAKOULU

Finland

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM

Netherlands

UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER GRONINGEN/RIJSKUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN

Netherlands

UNIVERSITÄTSKLINIKUM BONN

Germany

UNIVERSITÉ DE NICE SOPHIA-ANTIPOLIS

France

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 43261

  • Start date

    1 November 2006

  • End date

    31 October 2009

Funded under:

FP6-POLICIES

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 900 274

  • EU contribution

    € 1 799 906

Coordinated by:

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN

Germany