Foundations of Perception

Foundations of Perception

by George Mather

Hardcover

$90.00

Overview

This clear and balanced introduction to perception examines all of the major and minor senses, including vision, hearing, touch, balance, taste, and smell. It provides the reader with a thorough analysis of our perceptual experience, how it relates to the physical properties of the world, and how it is linked to the biological properties of the brain.

In addition to covering all material essential to understanding the functioning of the senses, each chapter also includes a 'Tutorials' section. This provides an opportunity for more advanced students to explore supplementary information on recent or controversial developments in subjects such as: The physics and biology of audition, Shape and object perception, Mathematics and computational modelling in modern perceptual research. Individual variations in perception are also considered, as are potential sources of difference such as age, sex, expertise, and culture.

This book will be an invaluable resource for those studying psychology and neuroscience, enabling the reader to achieve a firm grasp of current knowledge concerning the complex processes that underlie our perception of the world. Foundations of Perception is supported by a tailor-made Student Learning Program available on a subscription basis to university departments who adopt the book. Instructor Resources are free to qualifying adopters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780863778346
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/01/2006
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.75(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

George Mather is Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Sussex.

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
1General principles2
Introduction3
Classification of the senses4
Methods used to study perception5
General principles of sensation and perception12
Chapter summary23
Tutorials24
2The chemical senses38
Introduction39
Smell39
Taste44
Flavour49
Evaluation49
Chapter summary50
Tutorials51
3The body senses54
Introduction55
The somatosensory system55
The vestibular system64
Chapter summary74
Tutorials75
4The physics and biology of audition80
Introduction81
Sound as a physical stimulus81
The physiology of the auditory system90
Chapter summary106
Tutorials107
5Perception of sound116
Introduction117
Loudness perception118
Pitch perception120
Auditory localisation127
Speech perception130
Auditory scene analysis134
Hearing dysfunction136
Chapter summary139
Tutorials141
6The physics of vision-light and the eye144
Introduction145
What is light?145
Some important properties of light149
The eye155
Chapter summary167
Tutorials168
7Visual physiology178
Introduction179
The retina179
The visual pathway192
The visual cortex196
Chapter summary207
Tutorials208
8Spatial vision214
Introduction215
Fundamental functions215
Representation at multiple spatial scales226
Uses of spatial filters231
Chapter summary239
Tutorials240
9Shape and object perception246
Introduction: The three-stage model247
Shape representation248
Object representation254
Chapter summary260
Tutorials261
10Depth perception270
Introduction271
The multiplicity of depth cues271
Cue combination287
Chapter summary289
Tutorials290
11Visual motion perception296
Introduction297
Detecting movement298
The integration of motion detector responses306
Multiple processes in motion perception311
Chapter summary318
Tutorials318
12Colour vision324
Introduction325
Colour space326
Colour mixture327
Dual-process theory331
Colour interactions332
Colour deficiency335
Chapter summary337
Tutorials338
13Individual differences in perception342
Introduction343
Age343
Sex349
Culture351
Expertise354
Idiosyncratic individual differences358
Chapter summary359
Tutorials360
References365
Author index383
Subject index388

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