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Tarow Indow

Professor Emeritus, Cognitive Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Professor Emeritus, Keio University in Tokyo

PH.D., Keio University in Tokyo, 1959

Phone: (949) 824-6218, 6336
Fax: (949) 824-8762

University of California, Irvine
Mail Code: 5100
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Mathematical models in visual space, color space, and human memory
Research Abstract
Global structure and geometry of visual space. The space we binocularly perceive extends in three major directions around us and is highly structured. Most studies of visual perception are concerned with local phenomena in this space. However, my main concern is the geometrical structure of visual space in the large. Metrics in object color space. We can discriminate about seven million colors, but all can be represented as points in a three-dimensional space. This is called "color space," upon which are based all color technologies, e.g., television and photography. However, the problem of how to introduce "metrics" into this space in order to represent color differences has not yet been completely solved. This is an exciting interdisciplinary problem in applied physics, experimental psychology, physiology, and even mathematics. Human memory. Retrieval from long-term memory and its failure are stochastic processes. Parameters involved are meaningfully related to such factors as categorization and age.
Global Structure of Visual Space, New Jersey: World Scientific, 2004
Psychophysical scaling: Scientific and practical applications. In Luce, R.D., D’Zumura, M., Hoffman, D., Iverson, G., and Romney, K. (Eds.) Geomentrical Representations of Perceptual Phenomena: Papers in honor of Tarow Indwo on his 70th birthday. Chapter 1, 1-28, Mahwah, NJ. Lawrence Erlbaum, 1995.
Metrics in color spaces: Im kleinen und im grossen. In Fisher, G.H., and Laming, D. (Eds.) Contributions to Mathematical Psychology, Psychometrics, and Methodology, Chapter 1, 3-17. Springer, 1994.
Analysis of events counted on time-dimension: A soft model based pm extreme statistics. Behaviormetrika, 1993, 20, 111-118.
A critical review of Luneburg’s model with regard to global structure of visual space. Psychological Review, 1991, 98, 430-453.
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