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Sensation and Perception / Edition 1

Sensation and Perception / Edition 1

by John HarrisJohn Harris
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Sensation and Perception 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. Individual chapters cover separate topics including the fast-developing areas of perception of emotions and attractiveness and recognition of faces, plus newer topics not seen regularly in other textbooks, for example changes in perception throughout the lifespan and pathologies of perception.

Key features:

  • Chapters begin with summaries of key topics and questions to aid learning
  • Includes key points, spotlights on research, and ‘Thinking about Research’ sections, designed to encourage students to design their own studies
  • Chapters close with ‘Test Yourself’ questions, a review of key terms and annotated further readings

A Companion Website offers additional resources for lecturers and students available on publication at

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857020642
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 05/16/2014
Pages: 520
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

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 VI: Perceiving the world around us
Chapter 10: Visual and auditory localisation
Chapter 11: Eye movements and perception of natural scenes
Chapter 12: Recognising faces
Chapter 13: Perceiving emotions and attractiveness
Chapter 14: Attention and awareness
Part V: Changes in perception
Chapter 15: Changes in perception through the life-span
Chapter 16: Pathologies of perception

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