Sensation and Perception, 9th Edition

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  • E. Bruce Goldstein University of Pittsburgh and University of Arizona
  • ISBN-10: 1133958494  |  ISBN-13: 9781133958499
  • 496 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2007, 2004
  • © 2014 | Published
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Seeing and reading this sentence may seem like a "no brainer"--but your perception is just a tiny part of what is happening in your brain and body right now (both are much busier than you might think). SENSATION AND PERCEPTION has helped many readers understand the ties between how we sense the world and how the body interprets these senses. A key strength of this book has always been the ability to illustrate concepts through examples and visuals. Dr. Goldstein walks you through an intriguing journey of the senses, combining clear writing, his extensive classroom experience, and innovative research to create a visual, colorful book. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections

Features and Benefits

  • 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.

Table of Contents

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.

What's New

  • 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.
  • 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.
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Meet the Author

Author Bio

E. Bruce Goldstein

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).