Thinker
A Cognitive Psychology Resource

Viewer centered

The fourth and final theory of object recognition is the most widely accepted today, although all of the theories may have some part of the truth to them. In Viewer-Centered theory, perceivers are more mentally agile than the other theories seem to recognize. Whereas the other theories focus on mental approximations of the object being perceived or algorithms for putting parts together, viewer-centered theory says that we have stored many different views and angles of an object--some through imagination--and can recognize the object through a general analysis of its whole and its parts.

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Bart Everson & Elliott Hammer, PhD