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January 2015 | 480 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Sensation and Perception is a cutting-edge, easy-to-understand account of the modern sensation and perception field presented from both a cognitive and neurocognitive perspective. The book’s rich examples and applications to everyday life emphasize such high-interest topics as music, clinical applications, neuropsychology, and animal perception systems. Clear, illustrative diagrams and figures along with an extensive collection of online activities allow readers to interact with the phenomena covered in the text, perform experiments, and gain a deeper understanding of key course concepts. 

 
Chapter 1: What is Perception?
Introduction: Why is the Study of Sensation and Perception Important?

 
Why Is This Psychology?

 
The Myth of Five Senses

 
The Basics of Perception

 
The History of Sensation and Perception

 
Applications of Sensation and Perception and Avoiding Collisions

 
 
Chapter 2: Research Methodology
The Measures and Methods of Psychophysics

 
In Depth: Psychophysics In Assessment: Hearing Tests and Vision Tests

 
 
Chapter 3: Visual System: The Eye
Light

 
The Eye

 
Anatomy of the Retina

 
The Duplex Theory of Vision

 
Retinal Ganglion Cells and Receptive Fields

 
Refractive Errors and Diseases of the Eye and Perception

 
 
Chapter 4: Visual System: The Brain
The Optic Nerve and Chiasm

 
The Lateral Geniculate Nucleus (LGN)

 
The Superior Colliculus

 
Primary Visual Cortex

 
The Organization of V1

 
V2 and Beyond

 
Functional Pathways in Visual Cortex

 
Where does Vision Come Together?

 
Development of the Visual System

 
In Depth: Blindsight

 
 
Chapter 5: Object Perception
What is Object Perception?

 
Top-down Processing and Bottom-up Processing

 
Perceptual Organization

 
Recognition by Components

 
The Neuroanatomy and Physiology of Object Perception

 
In Depth: Vision and Animacy

 
 
Chapter 6: Color Perception
Wavelengths of Light and Color

 
Hue, Saturation, Lightness, and Brightness

 
Additive and Subtractive Color Mixing

 
The Retina and Color

 
The Trichromatic Theory of Color Vision

 
The Opponent theory of Color Perception

 
Color Deficiency

 
Constancy: Lightness and Color Constancy

 
 
Chapter 7: Depth and Size Perception
Oculomotor Cues

 
Monocular Depth Cues

 
Motion Cues

 
Binocular Cues to Depth

 
Size Perception

 
In Depth: Stereopsis and Sports

 
 
Chapter 8: Movement and Action
How Do We Perceive Motion?

 
The Neuroscience of Vision and Motion

 
Form Perception and Biological Motion

 
Action

 
In Depth: Motion Illusions

 
 
Chapter 9: Visual Attention
Selective Attention: Covert Attention

 
Features of Attention

 
The Anatomy and Physiology of Attention

 
Developmental Aspects of Visual Attention

 
In Depth: Awareness and Visual Consciousness

 
 
Chapter 10: The Auditory System
Sound as Stimulus

 
Anatomy of the Ear

 
Central Pathway and Brain Anatomy of Hearing

 
Hearing Loss, Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants

 
In Depth: Biosonar in Bats and Dolphins

 
 
Chapter 11: The Auditory Brain and Sound Localization
Central Pathway and Brain Anatomy of Hearing

 
Auditory Localization

 
Auditory Scene Analysis

 
In Depth: Biosonar in Bats and Dolphins

 
 
Chapter 12: Speech Perception
The Human Voice as Stimulus

 
Speech

 
Phonemes

 
Variability in the Acoustics of Phonemes

 
The Development of Phoneme Perception

 
Speech Perception and the Brain

 
In Depth: Hearing Loss and Speech Perception

 
 
Chapter 13: Music Perception
The Acoustics of Music

 
The Neuroscience of Music

 
Learning, Culture, and Music Perception

 
In Depth: Musical Illusions

 
 
Chapter 14: Touch and Pain
The Skin and Its Receptors

 
Proprioception: Perceiving Limb Position

 
Thermoreception

 
Nociception and the Perception of Pain

 
Neural Pathways

 
The Neurochemistry of Pain: Endogenous Opioids

 
The Perception of Itch

 
Haptic Perception

 
Vestibular System

 
Application: Braille Reading in the Blind

 
In Depth: Electroreception in Fish

 
 
Chapter 15: Olfaction and Taste
The Olfactory System

 
Olfactory Perception

 
Taste

 
In Depth: Acquired Tastes

 

Supplements

Instructor Teaching Site

The following chapter-specific assets are available on the teaching site:

  •  Author-created test banks provide a diverse range of questions as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts by chapter to assist in the preparation of lectures and class discussions
  • Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for structuring a course
  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for the course
  • Lively and stimulating ideas for class assignments that can be used in class to reinforce active learning. The creative assignments apply to individual or group projects
  • Chapter-specific discussion questions help launch classroom interaction by prompting students to engage with the material and by reinforcing important content
  • Multimedia content includes audio and video resources that appeal to students with different learning styles
Student Study Site

The open-access study site includes:

  •  Interactive Sensation Laboratory Exercises (ISLE) provide opportunities to view and hear many of the phenomena discussed in the book including anatomical diagrams, visual illusions, auditory illusions, and musical selections
  • A customized online action plan includes tips and feedback on progress through the course and materials, allowing students to individualize their learning experience
  • Learning objectives reinforce the most important material 
  •  Mobile-friendly eFlashcards strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts
  •  Multimedia content includes audio and video resources that appeal to students with different learning styles
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter

This is an excellent book, allowing students the opportunity to explore topics on sensation and perception at a deeper level. There is a lot of real-world application, making it relevant and interesting to read.

Dr Simone Coetzee
Department of Health & Human Sciences, Essex University
October 23, 2017

good online activities

Dr Tifani Fletcher
Social Behavioral Science Dept, West Liberty University
October 31, 2016

I will reconsider this book for the next time that I teach this class (in a year, probably). The current textbook that I use has not been updated in a long time.

Dr Douglas Gillan
Psychology Dept, North Carolina State Univ
September 12, 2016

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Bennett Lowell Schwartz

Bennett L. Schwartz is a professor of psychology at Florida International University. He earned his BA (1988) and PhD (1993) from Dartmouth College. Dr. Schwartz does research on metacognition, human memory, and non-human memory, and has published over 50 journal articles in this area, as well as many books and book chapters. He is past president of the Southern Workers in Memory (2006) and the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology (2016). He was associate editor of the Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition and is on the editorial board of several journals. Dr. Schwartz teaches courses in memory, cognition, and... More About Author

John Howell Krantz

John H. Krantz received his Psychology PhD from the University of Florida. After graduate school, he worked in industry at Honeywell on visual factors related to cockpit displays. In 1990, he returned to academia, taking a position at Hanover College. Dr. Krantz has done extensive research in vision, human factors, computers in psychology, and the use of the web as a medium for psychological research. He has been Program Chair and President of the Society for Computers in Psychology and Editor of the journal Behavior Research Methods. He was the first to develop Web experiments in psychological science and lead the way on techniques for... More About Author

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