Foundations of Sensation and Perception / Edition 2

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Overview

The first edition of this comprehensive introduction to sensation and perception has been highly praised for its unique approach: it allows students to thoroughly grasp the fundamental principles in relation to the relatively simple sensory systems before moving on to the more complex topics.

The book's introductory chapter on general physiological, perceptual, and theoretical principles gives the reader the conceptual tools to build a clear understanding of how we perceive the world. The following chapters then flesh-out basic topics such as transduction, receptive fields, and sensory adaptation via coverage of the minor senses (touch, balance, smell, and taste). Later chapters on hearing and vision build on these foundations. Unlike other perception textbooks, there is also a whole chapter on individual differences, which considers potential sources of difference such as age, sex, expertise, and culture.

This second edition has been revised and updated to include:

Revised and expanded coverage of taste processing and perception, touch perception, pitch perception, and receptive field modeling

New sections on word perception, the size after-effect, crowding, scene perception, and optic flow

A completely new chapter devoted to multisensory processing and synesthesia, with a new tutorial on attentional effects in perception

A new tutorial or visual dysfunction in artists

This textbook is supported by web-based instructor resources and a tailor-made Student Learning Program available free of charge to university departments that adopt the book.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This second edition adds tremendous value to an already excellent text. It presents a solid foundation in physiology and psychology of the senses in a very accessible and engaging manner. It is an excellent choice for introductory as well as advanced courses and has the breadth and depth to serve as a basic reference text for all." - Patrick Cavanagh, Universite Paris Descartes, France and Harvard University, USA

"Mather does an excellent job of bringing the topic of Sensation and Perception to life using many examples from the 'real world' as well as giving a comprehensive overview of both recent and classic experimental findings. The book is highly recommended for students who are new to the topic." - Dr Jamie Ward, University of Sussex, UK

"This is an excellent book with thorough coverage of all five senses grounded in clear descriptions of what is being sensed and why. The book has useful boxes that define key terms and excellent tutorials at the end of each chapter so that students can actively engage with the subject." - Professor Iain D. Gilchrist, University of Bristol, UK

"George Mather did it again! Students of perception will be even happier with this second edition, especially as it now includes state of the art sections on two highly active research areas: multisensory processing and synesthesia. It will also prove to be an excellent source for anyone who is eager to find out about the fundamental role of our senses in perceiving the real and artificial world." - Professor Frans Verstraten, Helmholtz Institute, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Praise for the 1st Edition: "Mather has included some excellent pedagogical features that put this book in a class by itself. ... Moreover, Mather's conversational and interactive style of writing results in a book that is enjoyable as well as informative ... Would I use it for my S&P course? The answer is a resounding 'yes'." - Stephen F. Davis, in PsycCRITIQUES

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841696997
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/16/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 508,575
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1 General principles 2

2 The chemical senses 42

3 The body senses 60

4 The physics and biology of audition 90

5 Perception of sound 128

6 The physics of vision - light and the eye 158

7 Visual physiology 196

8 Spatial vision 236

9 Shape and object perception 274

10 Depth perception 296

11 Visual motion perception 326

12 Color vision 358

13 Multisensory processing in perception 382

14 Individual differences in perception 398

References 421

Author index 441

Subject index 449

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