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Visual cognition research has shown that our understanding of visual environments, including objects, scenes and events, emerges through interaction of visual memory, statistical processing and attention. Although previous studies revealed cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying these functions, many questions remain unsolved. In everyday situations, interactions between statistical processing in extracting gist and layout of a scene, and visual working memory in maintaining object representations are essential, but statistical processing and visual working memory have been studied separately. For the interaction between statistical processing and visual working memory, visual attention should play a critical role in their coordination, and empirical studies are needed. To facilitate our understanding of visual cognition in complex environments, this symposium features three experts in this field reporting their recent findings on statistical processing, visual working memory and attention, and discusses future directions of visual cognition research.
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