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Sensation and Perception

Sensation and Perception

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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

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


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



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


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


In Depth: Acquired Tastes



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
November 20, 2017

good online activities

Dr Tifani Fletcher
Social Behavioral Science Dept, West Liberty University
July 21, 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
June 1, 2016

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Bennett Lowell Schwartz

Bennett L. Schwartz received his PhD in 1993 from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Sincethen he has been at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida, where he is currently professorof psychology. He is author or editor of 10 published books as well as over 70 journal articles andchapters. His textbook Memory: Foundations and Applications, fourth edition (SAGE), was published in2020. He has won several teaching awards at FIU and currently teaches courses in memory, cognition,and sensation and perception. His main research area is metacognition and memory, but he has alsoconducted research in diverse areas that range from... More About Author

John Howell Krantz

John H. Krantz received his psychology PhD from the University of Florida. After graduate school, heworked in industry at Honeywell on visual factors related to cockpit displays. In 1990, he returned toacademia, taking a position at Hanover College. John has done extensive research in vision, human factors,computers in psychology, and the use of the Web as a medium for psychological research. He hasbeen program chair and president of the Society for Computers in Psychology and editor of the journalBehavior Research Methods. John was the first to develop Web experiments in psychological science andled the way on techniques for sending... More About Author

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