Seeing Through Illusions

Seeing Through Illusions

by Richard Gregory
     
 

There is a world of objects spread out before us in glorious color. It seems as if perception just happens. But does it? Is it really that simple? As Richard Gregory reveals in this attractively illustrated book, the more we discover about the senses and the brain, the more we realize that seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, and tasting depend on incredibly

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There is a world of objects spread out before us in glorious color. It seems as if perception just happens. But does it? Is it really that simple? As Richard Gregory reveals in this attractively illustrated book, the more we discover about the senses and the brain, the more we realize that seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, and tasting depend on incredibly complicated machinery—both in the sense organs and in the brain. One of the world's leading authorities on perception, Gregory offers an insightful state-of-the-art tour of how the brain captures and interprets the world. He describes the evolution of the sense organs, a process so remarkable that even Darwin was reluctant to believe that natural selection could have "designed" structures as complicated as eyes or other sense organs. Gregory shows how perception actually works and in particular how the brain interprets perceptual information. The author reveals how the phenomena of illusions provide an important key for unlocking secrets of perception. And the book also examines the special case of pictures such as drawing and paintings, describing how the brain interprets them as representing objects.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192802859
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/07/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

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