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Sensation and Perception

Written in an accessible and engaging manner, it is directed towards psychology students who come into this course with little preparation or background in the biological, neurological, or methodological principles that make up the core of the course. The book is rich in examples and applications to everyday life with an emphasis on areas of interest to students, namely, music, clinical applications, neuropsychology, and interesting animal perception systems. Instructors will appreciate the coverage of cognitive neuroscience issues, which will occur without an expectation that either the instructor or the students have much of a background in neuroanatomy, neuroimaging, or cellular neuroscience.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What is Perception? Introduction: Why is the Study of Sensation and Perception Important? Why Is This Psychology? The Myth of Five Senses The Basics of Perception The History of Sensation and Perception Applications of Sensation and Perception and Avoiding Collisions Chapter 2: Research Methodology The Measures and Methods of Psychophysics In Depth: Psychophysics In Assessment: Hearing Tests and Vision Tests Chapter 3: Visual System: The Eye Light The Eye Anatomy of the Retina The Duplex Theory of Vision Retinal Ganglion Cells and Receptive Fields Refractive Errors and Diseases of the Eye and Perception Chapter 4: Visual System: The Brain The Optic Nerve and Chiasm The Lateral Geniculate Nucleus (LGN) The Superior Colliculus Primary Visual Cortex The Organization of V1 V2 and Beyond Functional Pathways in Visual Cortex Where does Vision Come Together? Development of the Visual System In Depth: Blindsight Chapter 5: Object Perception What is Object Perception? Top-down Processing and Bottom-up Processing Perceptual Organization Recognition by Components The Neuroanatomy and Physiology of Object Perception In Depth: Vision and Animacy Chapter 6: Color Perception Wavelengths of Light and Color Hue, Saturation, Lightness, and Brightness Additive and Subtractive Color Mixing The Retina and Color The Trichromatic Theory of Color Vision The Opponent theory of Color Perception Color Deficiency Constancy: Lightness and Color Constancy Chapter 7: Depth and Size Perception Oculomotor Cues Monocular Depth Cues Motion Cues Binocular Cues to Depth Size Perception In Depth: Stereopsis and Sports Chapter 8: Movement and Action How Do We Perceive Motion? The Neuroscience of Vision and Motion Form Perception and Biological Motion Action In Depth: Motion Illusions Chapter 9: Visual Attention Selective Attention: Covert Attention Features of Attention The Anatomy and Physiology of Attention Developmental Aspects of Visual Attention In Depth: Awareness and Visual Consciousness Chapter 10: The Auditory System Sound as Stimulus Anatomy of the Ear Central Pathway and Brain Anatomy of Hearing Hearing Loss, Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants In Depth: Biosonar in Bats and Dolphins Chapter 11: The Auditory Brain and Sound Localization Central Pathway and Brain Anatomy of Hearing Auditory Localization Auditory Scene Analysis In Depth: Biosonar in Bats and Dolphins Chapter 12: Speech Perception The Human Voice as Stimulus Speech Phonemes Variability in the Acoustics of Phonemes The Development of Phoneme Perception Speech Perception and the Brain In Depth: Hearing Loss and Speech Perception Chapter 13: Music Perception The Acoustics of Music The Neuroscience of Music Learning, Culture, and Music Perception In Depth: Musical Illusions Chapter 14: Touch and Pain The Skin and Its Receptors Proprioception: Perceiving Limb Position Thermoreception Nociception and the Perception of Pain Neural Pathways The Neurochemistry of Pain: Endogenous Opioids The Perception of Itch Haptic Perception Vestibular System Application: Braille Reading in the Blind In Depth: Electroreception in Fish Chapter 15: Olfaction and Taste The Olfactory System Olfactory Perception Taste In Depth: Acquired Tastes

About the Author

Bennett L. Schwartz got his Ph.D. in 1993 from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Since then he has been at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, where he is currently Professor of Psychology and a Fellow of the Honors College. He is author or editor of 8 books as well as over 50 journal articles and chapters. His textbook, Memory: Foundations and Applications, 2nd edition (Sage Publications) was published in 2014. At FIU, he has won several teach awards and currently teaches courses in Memory,Cognition and Sensation and Perception. His main research area is metacognition, but he has also conducted research in areas as diverse as visual percepton to evolutionary psychology to the language of thought to memory in non-human primates. Schwartz also serves on the editorial board of several journals and recently served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Research in Memory And Cognition. John H. Krantz received his psychology PhD from the University of Florida. After graduate school he worked in industry at Honeywell on visual factors related to cockpit displays. In 1990, he returned to academia taking a position at Hanover College. John has done extensive research in vision, human factors, computers in psychology, and the use of the web as a medium for psychological research. He has been Program Chair and President of the Society for Computers in Psychology and Editor of the journal, Behavior Research Methods. John was the first to develop Web experiments in psychological science and lead the way on techniques for sending multimedia via the Web. He has served as a faculty associate for The Psychology Place developing interactive learning activities and created psychology's first global web site for the Association for Psychological Science (APS). In addition, he is an author on both the Cognitive Toolkit and PsychSim 6. John is well known for his widely used online psychological experiments related to sensation, perception and cognition. His current research is focused on using the web for psychological research and modeling the visual system.

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