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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Brian Marshall, O.D.(Marshall Family Eye Care)
Description: This book provides an understanding of how the human visual system perceives light.
Purpose: The primary purpose is to present a comprehensive synopsis of how we see and organize light and color perception through a combination of basic vision science and theoretical conclusions.
Audience: Although this book is geared towards psychology students, eye care professionals and vision scientists will also find it to be useful in helping patients understand the process of vision. The author is well known and an expert in the field of visual perception.
Features: The perception of light by the human visual system is still largely a mystery. This book provides readers with a comprehensive understanding of what is currently known about the visual perception of light. An in-depth review and critique is presented of the works of several of the great thinkers in the field along with the importance of depth cues and lightness theories. Throughout the book, the author ties together the various theories and empirical evidence to formulate a theoretical framework for understanding the great mystery of light perception. The book concludes with the author's own explanations. The section describing the various lightness errors and illusions is well written and very interesting. Graphs and pictures are used throughout the book to effectively describe the visual process.
Assessment: This book provides a brilliant synopsis of what is currently known about our perception of light. It does a wonderful job of incorporating basic science with clinical and theoretical applications. The way the principles are laid out will pique the interest of anyone interested in how we see and perceive light. The exposition is clear and the book will be beneficial for readers who are new to the area and a valuable resource for experts.