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Sensory Processes

Sensory Processes

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Sensory Processes

July 2012 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This book emphasizes the underlying neural structures and functions of sensory systems (pain, olfaction, gustation, audition, vision, etc.) and presents this complex material at a level comprehensible to undergraduates as well as beginning graduate students. The book begins with a review of the central nervous system and its sensory components and includes discussions of methodological techniques and procedures used to study sensory processes.


· Detailed coverage of sense modalities beyond vision and audition offers students more in-depth coverage of the somatosensory system, pain, olfaction, gustation, and the vestibular system than most traditional sensation and perception books provide.

· Inclusion of sensory disorders and dysfunctions, with clinical examples, illustrate the real-world importance and impact of the subject matter.

· Pedagogical aids and a "user-friendly" style and approach make the subject matter understandable to students; these aids include brief chapter intros that put the material into contexts students can readily relate to; key terms bolded in text and defined in an end-of-book glossary; chapter summaries; and selected references for further reading.

1. Introduction to the Nervous System
The Nervous System


2. Synapses and Receptors
A Brief Review

Potential Sensitivity

Calcium Influx

Neurotransmitter Release

Postsynaptic Potentials

Chemical Sensitivity


Introduction to Receptors

Receptor Transduction



Suggested Readings

3. Somatosensory System
Overview of the Chapter

Somatosensory Paths Revisited

Receptors and Fibers

Proprioception and Kinesthesis

Receptive Fields

The Thalamus

The Somatosensory Cortex



Suggested Readings

4. Pain
Pain: One Definition

Classic Paths

The Gate Control Theory of Pain

Pain and Drugs


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5. Olfaction
The peripheral Olfactory System

Olfactory Transduction

The Olfactory Bulb

Central Olfactory Structures

Olfactory Perception

How Many Odors Are there?


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6. Gustation
Peripheral Processes

Central Processes

Taste Perception

The Hedonics



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7. The Vestibular System

Vestibular Periphery

Vestibular Central Pathways



Suggested Readings

8. Auditory Stimuli


Suggested Readings

9. Audition
External and Middle Ear

The Inner Ear

Auditory Pathways

The Auditory Cortex



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10. Vision
The Visual Stimulus

The Structure of the Eye

The Retina

Central Pathways

The Thalamus and Other Neutral Centers

The Visual Cortex



Suggested Readings

About the Author

is no comparable text for a course in perception that emphasizes the neural
basis of perception rather than simply perceptual phenomena and
psychophysics…It is strong in the clarity with which some difficult concepts
are explained. The author does not restrict himself to a physics and
engineering approach, but rather gives the reader a mental image of what is
happening biologically. Inclusion of disorders is another big advantage…The
quality of writing is excellent. The level is appropriate for upper level

University of Toledo

think the book’s primary strengths are its attention to detail and willingness
to tackle difficult topics and offer very good explanations and

University of Wisconsin at Madison

very sympathetic to the goal of this book in taking an enhanced
multidisciplinary approach to the area of Sensation/Perception, with particular
emphasis on the neuroscience background. Also commendable is the detailed
treatment of sense modalities other than vision and audition."

University of Alabama at Birmingham

"I like the general tone of the
book. The overall approach and the metaphors are quite nice."


Cornell University

The book was not the right fit for my course. I needed a book that was more neuroscience and cognitive psychology and more perception oriented. This would be better for a different type of course than the one I teach.

Professor Amanda Carey
Psychology Dept, Simmons College
March 5, 2015

Sample Materials & Chapters

1. Introduction to the Nervous System

David R. Soderquist

David R. Soderquist is Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Vanderbilt University in 1968. His primary research interest is in psychoacoustics, and he has published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, the Journal of Auditory Research, Perception and Psychophysics, Acoustical Letters, the Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society, Educational and Psychological Measurement, Human Factors, and elsewhere. He has taught courses on sensory processes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and has class-tested early drafts of this book... More About Author

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