Chapter 10: Processes of Perception and Analysis

Section 7: Visual Perception

Testing the [texture perception] model

Although it is difficult to get good systematic data, the many examples I have tried indicate that the levels of discrimination between textures that we achieve with our visual system agree remarkably well with those suggested by my simple model. A practical issue that arises is that if one repeatedly tries experiments with the same set of textures, then after a while one learns to discriminate these particular textures better. Shifting successive rows or even just making an overall rotation seems, however, to avoid this effect.

From Stephen Wolfram: A New Kind of Science [citation]