Curved Spaces of a Twisted Mind - Anisotropy and Its Relation to the Action

Public Lecture by Oliver Tošković, Laboratory for Experimental Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade

We might ask what the purpose of perception is. Is it just to make the best possible copy of reality? But if it so, why do we have errors in our perceptions? Why various illusions appear? People tend to perceive distances above them as larger than physically equal distances in front of them. This phenomenon is called perceived distance anisotropy and it happens when visual information on distance interacts with information on head and body position (proprioceptive and vestibular information). Is this anisotropy just an error or does it have some purpose in our perception?

Biography (short)

Oliver Tošković is an assistant professor at the Department of Psychology, University of Belgrade. He got a PhD at the same University, on topic Anisotropy of perceived space, and teaches various statistics courses, Academic skills and Perception. He participated on projects regarding basic cognitive processes, worked as a data analyst on PISA, TIMSS and ACE-Serbia projects. He was an action editor in international journal Psihologija, and reviewer for many international journals. Research interests are in te area of perception, statistics and research methodology.

The venue takes place on Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 18.00, at the International Psychoanalytic University, Stromstr. 2, Auditorium 1 (3rd Floor), 10555 Berlin.