Do you wonder how movies - sequences of static frames - appear to move, or why 3-D films look different from traditional movies? Why does ventriloquism work, and why can airliner flights make you feel disoriented? The answers to these and other questions about the human senses can be found within the pages of Foundations of Sensation and Perception. This third edition maintains the standard for clarity and accessibility combined with rigor which was set in previous editions, making it suitable for a wide range of students.
As in the previous editions, the early chapters allow students to grasp fundamental principles in relation to the relatively simple sensory systems (smell, taste, touch and balance) before moving on to more complex material in hearing and vision. The text has been extensively updated, and this new edition includes:
a new chapter devoted to attention and perception
over 200 new references
over 30 new figures and improved, more colorful, visual presentation
a new companion website with a range of resources for students and lecturers
The book contains a range of pedagogical features, including tutorial sections at the end of each chapter. This distinctive feature introduces areas of the subject which are rarely included in student texts, but are crucial for establishing a firm foundation of knowledge. Some tutorials are devoted to more advanced and technical topics (optics, light measurement, Bayesian inference), but treated in an accessible manner, while others cover topics a little outside of the mainstream (music perception, consciousness, visual art).
Foundations of Sensation and Perception will enable the reader to achieve a firm grasp of current knowledge concerning the processes that underlie our perception of the world and will be an invaluable resource for those studying psychology, neuroscience, and related disciplines.
George Mather is Professor of Vision Science at the University of Lincoln, UK. He has published over 60 research papers, 4 books, and 7 book chapters and his main research interests are in motion perception, visual after-effects and the perception of visual art. His research has attracted funding by a number of UK research councils and charities. His hobbies include motorcycling, football and visual art.
1. General Principles 2. The Chemical Senses 3. The Body Senses 4. The Physics and Biology of Audition 5. Perception of Sound 6. The Physics of Vision - Light and the Eye 7. Visual Physiology 8. Colour Vision 9. Spatial Vision 10. Shape and Object Perception 11. Depth Perception 12. Visual Motion Perception 13. Multisensory Processing in Perception 14. Attention and Perception 15. Individual Differences in Perception