Sensation and Perception covers in detail the perceptual processes related to vision and hearing, taste and smell, touch and pain as well as the vestibular and proprioceptive systems. Individual chapters cover separate topics including the fast-developing areas of perception of emotions and attractiveness and recognition of faces, plus newer topics not seen regularly in other textbooks, for example changes in perception throughout the lifespan and pathologies of perception.
Chapters begin with summaries of key topics and questions to aid learning
Includes key points, spotlights on research, and `Thinking about Research' sections, designed to encourage students to design their own studies
Chapters close with `Test Yourself' questions, a review of key terms and annotated further readings
A Companion Website offers additional resources for lecturers and students available on publication at https://study.sagepub.com/harris
Electronic inspection copies are available for instructors.
John Harris is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Reading, where he has taught about perception for over twenty years. Previously, he worked at the National Physical Laboratory, and later at the University of Bristol, in the Departments of Anatomy and Psychology. He has published more than 70 articles and book chapters on aspects of visual perception and its abnormalities. He has been associated for many years with the international journal Perception, first as an Associate Editor and later as a member of the Editorial Board.
Part I: Foundations and investigative techniques Chapter 1: The nature of perception, and some ways of investigating it Chapter 2: Research methods in perception Part II: Visual and auditory perception Chapter 3: Mechanisms of early and middle visual processing Chapter 4: Seeing in colour Chapter 5: Seeing pattern and motion Chapter 6: Hearing Part III: The chemical senses and somatosensory perception Chapter 7: Taste and Smell Chapter 8: Touch and pain Chapter 9: Vestibular and proprioceptive systems Part VI: Perceiving the world around us Chapter 10: Visual and auditory localisation Chapter 11: Eye movements and perception of natural scenes Chapter 12: Recognising faces Chapter 13: Perceiving emotions and attractiveness Chapter 14: Attention and awareness Part V: Changes in perception Chapter 15: Changes in perception through the life-span Chapter 16: Pathologies of perception