Sensation and Perception

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-01-01
  • Publisher: Worth Publishers
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Written by acclaimed researcher and teacher Steven Yantis, Sensation and Perception shows students how scientists investigate and understand sensory and perceptual phenomena today. Like no other textbook for the course, it integrates classic and current research—including the latest developments in cognitive neuroscience and brain imaging—into a highly accessible portrait of the field’s defining principles and experiments. Engagingly written, filled with outstanding art (including 3-D images), and supported by dozens of interactive visual demonstrations devised by the author, it is your students’ gateway to the forefront of research in sensation and perception.

Author Biography

Steven Yantis is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, with secondary appointments in the Departments of Cognitive Science and Neuroscience.  He studied experimental psychology as an undergraduate at the University of Washington in Seattle, and later he received a PhD in Experimental Psychology at the University of Michigan. Following a year as postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, he joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins University, where he has been ever since. Yantis has research interests that include visual perception, attention, and cognition.  Members of the Yantis laboratory measure behavior (response time, eye movements) and brain activity (functional MRI) as people carry out tasks that probe perception and attention. He has taught a variety of courses in human perception and attention for more than two decades. In Visual Perception: Essential Readings (Psychology Press, 2000), Yantis assembled 25 articles published over 100 years that laid the foundations of the field, and he is the volume editor of the Stevens Handbook of Experimental Psychology (3e): Volume 1: Sensation and Perception (Wiley, 2002). Yantis received the Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association in 1994 and the Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences in 1996.

Table of Contents

1. Foundations
2. Light and the Eyes
3. The Visual Brain
4. Recognizing Visual Objects
5. Perceiving Color
6. Perceiving Depth
7. Perceiving Motion and Perception for Action
8. Attention and Awareness
9. Sound and the Ears
10. The Auditory Brain and Perceiving Auditory Scenes
11. Perceiving Speech and Music
12. The Body Senses
13. The Chemical Senses: Perceiving Odors and Tastes

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