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E. Bruce Goldstein's SENSATION AND PERCEPTION has helped a myriad of students understand the ties between how we sense the world and how the body interprets these senses. A key strength of this text has always been the ability to illustrate concepts through examples and visuals. Dr. Goldstein walks students through an intriguing journey of the senses with both clarity and thoroughness, combining his extensive classroom experience and the most innovative research to create a visual, colorful text. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections

E. Bruce Goldstein, University of Pittsburgh and University of Arizona

E. BRUCE GOLDSTEIN is Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Arizona. He has received the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Pittsburgh for his classroom teaching and textbook writing. He received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Tufts University and his PhD in experimental psychology from Brown University; he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Biology Department at Harvard University before joining the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh. Bruce has published papers on a wide variety of topics, including retinal and cortical physiology, visual attention, and the perception of pictures. He is the author of SENSATION AND PERCEPTION, 9th Edition (Cengage, 2014), and the editor of the BLACKWELL HANDBOOK OF PERCEPTION (Blackwell, 2001) and the two-volume SAGE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PERCEPTION (Sage, 2010).
  • This edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect the latest research findings. Topics include "brain readings" using fMRI voxel activation patterns to predict what a person is looking at, brain damage and wayfinding, the effect of seasonal wavelength distributions on color perception of scenes, and brain activity in blind people during echolocation.
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  • New "Something To Consider" sections have been added throughout the text to illuminate topics such as the powerful nature of early events in the visual system, the action-based account of perception, and event perception.
  • A new feature, "Developmental Dimension," covers infant visual acuity, attention and perceptual completion, infant speech perception, and other topics related to development.
  • New! This edition's CourseMate (the book's website) includes updated and new Sensation and Perceptions Virtual Lab media exercises that offer a wide array of animations and examples designed to stimulate understanding of difficult concepts.
  • Demonstrations provide intriguing perceptual experiences that illustrate principles discussed in the text. The demonstrations are simple enough so that students can easily comprehend them and are integrated into the flow of the text so that they become part of the ongoing story.
  • "Something to Consider," the last section of every chapter, discusses a particularly interesting new finding, wraps up an intriguing topic discussed in the chapter, or highlights a practical application of a chapter topic.
  • "Test Yourself " questions in the middle and at the end of each chapter allow students to test their understanding of the material just read. Chapter-ending "Think About It" questions take students beyond the chapter material and ask them to apply what they have learned.
  • "If You Want To Know More" sections at the end of each chapter indicate interesting research findings not covered in the chapter, and include references that enable students to go beyond the text.
1. Introduction to Perception.
2. The Physiological Beginnings of Perception.
3. Neural Processing and Coding.
4. Cortical Organization.
5. Perceiving Objects and Scenes.
6. Visual Attention.
7. Taking Action.
8. Perceiving Motion.
9. Perceiving Color.
10. Perceiving Depth and Size.
11. Sound and the Perception of Pitch.
12. Auditory Localization, the Auditory Scene, and Music.
13. Speech Perception.
14. The Cutaneous Senses.
15. The Chemical Senses.

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Instructor's Manual with Test Bank

ISBN: 9781305871304
The manual includes learning objectives, key terms, a detailed chapter outline, a chapter summary, lesson plans, discussion topics, student activities, "What If" scenarios, media tools, a sample syllabus, and an expanded test bank. The learning objectives are correlated with the discussion topics, student activities, and media tools. Each chapter's test bank contains questions in multiple-choice, true false, completion, essay, and critical thinking formats, with a full answer key. The test bank is coded to the learning objectives that appear in the main text, and includes the section in the main text where the answers can be found. The manual is available for download on the password-protected website and can also be obtained by e-mail upon request.

Online PowerPoint®

ISBN: 9781305968462
These vibrant Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides for each chapter assist you with your lecture by providing concept coverage using images, figures, and tables directly from the textbook.

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access

ISBN: 9781305872127
Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to: import, edit, and manipulate content from the text's test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.