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Sensation and Perception

Second Edition

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Cognitive Psychology | Memory | Perception

648 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Is the human eye like a camera? What makes your ears ‘pop’ on a plane? Why did women in the Middle Ages put belladonna into their eyes?

This fully updated 2nd edition of Sensation and Perception is an accessible introduction to the field of perception. It 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. From seeing in colour to pathologies of perception, and from recognising faces to research methods, this textbook is essential reading for any student of perception.

New material includes:

·       ‘Applications’ features connect key content to real-life contexts

·          Thinking Critically feature pushes students beyond the basics

·       End-of-chapter essay questions

·       An entirely new chapter on Action & Perception

John Harris is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Reading
Jared Smith
 is Senior Research Fellow at the Population Health Research Institute of St George’s, University of London

 
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 IV: Perceiving the World Around Us
 
Chapter 10: Visual and Auditory Localisation
 
Chapter 11: Perception and Action
 
Chapter 12: Eye Movements and Perception of Natural Scenes
 
Chapter 13: Recognising Faces
 
Chapter 14: Attention and awareness
 
PART V: Changes in Perception
 
Chapter 15: Changes in perception through the life-span
 
Chapter 16: Pathologies of Perception

John Harris

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. More About Author

Jared Smith

Dr Jared Smith is a research fellow in mental health at St George's.His major areas of interest are health science, behavioural medicine, and neuropsychology. Specifically, Dr Smith investigates cognitive, learning, and behavioural processes in people with clinical and/or neurological disorders, and the extent to which these processes impact on daily function and are affected by treatments including psychological-based interventions. More generally, he is interested in research involving clinical and neurological rehabilitation, especially in regard to providing evidence-based healthcare for these populations in the form of effective... More About Author