Encyclopedia of Perception, 1st Edition

  • E. Bruce Goldstein University of Pittsburgh and University of Arizona
  • Published By: SAGE
  • ISBN-10: 1412972000
  • ISBN-13: 9781412972000
  • DDC: 153.703
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 1180 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released December 2009
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009

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The field of perception is devoted to explaining the operation of the senses and the experiences and behaviors resulting from stimulation of the senses. Perceptual processes such as recognizing faces, seeing color, hearing music, and feeling pain represent the actions of complex mechanisms, yet we usually do them easily. The Encyclopedia of Perception presents a comprehensive overview of the field of perception through authoritative essays written by leading researchers and theoreticians in psychology, the cognitive sciences, neuroscience, and medical disciplines. It presents two parallel and interacting approaches: the psychophysical, or determining the relationship between stimuli in the environment and perception, and the physiological, or locating the biological systems responsible for perception. Are there any processes not associated with perception? Surely there are, but the pervasiveness of perception is truly impressive, and the phenomena of perception and its mechanisms are what this encyclopedia is about.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Editor and Advisory Board.
List of Entries.
Reader's Guide.
About the Editor.
List of Color Illustrations.
1: Absolute Pitch.
2: Acoustics and Concert Halls.
3: Action and Vision.
4: Aesthetic Appreciation of Pictures.
5: Aftereffects.
6: Afterimages.
7: Ageing and Chemical Senses.
8: Ageing and Hearing.
9: Ageing and Touch.
10: Ageing and Vision.
11: Agnosia: Auditory.
12: Agnosia: Tactile.
13: Agnosia: Visual.
14: Air Quality.
15: Amblyopia.
16: American Sign Language.
17: Ames Demonstrations in Perception.
18: Amodal Perception.
19: Animal Chemical Sensitivity.
20: Animal Color Vision.
21: Animal Depth Perception.
22: Animal Eye Movements.
23: Animal Eyes.
24: Animal Frequency and Pitch Perception.
25: Animal Motion Perception.
26: Aphasias.
27: Aromatherapy.
28: Assistive Technologies for the Blind.
29: Atmospheric Phenomena.
30: Attention: Cognitive Influences.
31: Attention: Covert.
32: Attention: Cross-Modal.
33: Attention: Disorders.
34: Attention: Divided.
35: Attention: Effect of Breakdown.
36: Attention: Effect on Perception.
37: Attention: Object-Based.
38: Attention: Physiological.
39: Attention: Selective.
40: Attention: Spatial.
41: Attention: Theories of.
42: Attention and Consciousness.
43: Attention and Emotion.
44: Attention and Medical Diagnosis.
45: Attention and Memory.
46: Attractiveness.
47: Audiology.
48: Audition.
49: Audition: Cognitive Influences.
50: Audition: Disorders.
51: Audition: Loudness.
52: Audition: Pitch Perception.
53: Audition: Temporal Factors.
54: Auditory Frequency Analysis, Neural.
55: Auditory Frequency Selectivity.
56: Auditory Illusions.
57: Auditory Imagery.
58: Auditory Localization: Physiology.
59: Auditory Localization: Psychophysics.
60: Auditory Masking.
61: Auditory Processing: Central.
62: Auditory Processing: Peripheral.
63: Auditory Receptors and Transduction.
64: Auditory Scene Analysis.
65: Auditory System: Damage Due to Overstimulation.
66: Auditory System: Evolution of.
67: Auditory System: Structure.
68: Auditory Thresholds.
69: Bayesian Approach.
70: Binding Problem.
71: Binocular Vision and Stereopsis.
72: Bistable Perception.
73: Body Perception.
74: Body Perception: Disorders.
75: Braille.
76: Brain Imaging.
77: Camouflage.
78: Causality.
79: Cell Phones and Driver Distraction.
80: Change Detection.
81: Cochlear Implants: Controversy.
82: Cochlear Implants: Technology.
83: Color: Genetics of.
84: Color: Philosophical Issues.
85: Color Constancy.
86: Color Deficiency.
87: Color Mixing.
88: Color Naming.
89: Color Perception.
90: Color Perception: Physiological.
91: Common Chemical Sense (Chemesthesis).
92: Computational Approaches.
93: Computer Consciousness.
94: Computer-Generated Speech, Perception of.
95: Computer Graphics and Perception.
96: Computer Speech Perception.
97: Computer Vision.
98: Consciousness.
99: Consciousness: Disorders.
100: Constancy.
101: Content of Perceptual Experience.
102: Context Effects in Perception.
103: Contrast Enhancement at Borders.
104: Contrast Perception.
105: Corollary Discharge.
106: Cortical Organization.
107: Cortical Reorganization Following Damage.
108: Cross-Modal Transfer.
109: Cultural Effects on Visual Perception.
110: Cutaneous Perception.
111: Cutaneous Perception: Physiology.
112: Decision Making, Perceptual.
113: Depth Perception in Pictures/Film.
114: Digital Imaging.
115: Direct Perception.
116: Dyslexia.
117: Echolocation.
118: Ecological Approach.
119: Effort: Perception Of.
120: Electronic Nose.
121: Electroreception.
122: Embodied Perception.
123: Emotional Influences on Perception.
124: Event Perception.
125: Evoked Potential: Audition.
126: Evoked Potential: Vision.
127: Evolutionary Approach.
128: Evolutionary Approach: Perceptual Adaptations.
129: Experience-Dependent Plasticity.
130: Extrasensory Perception.
131: Eye: Structure and Optics.
132: Eye and Limb Tracking.
133: Eye Movements: Behavioral.
134: Eye Movements: Effects of Neurological and Mental Disorders on.
135: Eye Movements: Physiological.
136: Eye Movements and Action in Everyday Life.
137: Eye Movements and Reading.
138: Eye Movements During Cognition and Conversation.
139: Eye Movements During Fixation.
140: Eyes: Evolution of.
141: Eyewitness Testimony.
142: Face Perception.
143: Face Perception: Physiological.
144: Feature Integration Theory.
145: Feedback Pathways.
146: Film (Cinema) Perception.
147: Flavor.
148: Fragrances and Perfume.
149: Gestalt Approach.
150: Guidance Systems for Blind People.
151: Hallucinations and Altered Perceptions.
152: Haptics.
153: Hearing Aids.
154: Human-Machine Interface.
155: Impossible Figures.
156: Indirect Nature of Perception.
157: Individual Differences in Perception.
158: Infant Perception.
159: Infant Perception: Methods of Testing.
160: Information Theory.
161: Intentionality and Perception.
162: Inverted Spectrum.
163: Itch, Tickle, and Tingle.
164: Kinesthesia.
165: Language.
166: Lateral Inhibition.
167: Light Measurement.
168: Lightness Constancy.
169: Lightning and Thunder.
170: Linear and Non Linear System Analysis.
171: Loss of a Sense: Effect on Others, Psychological.
172: Low Vision.
173: Magic and Perception.
174: Magnetoencephalography.
175: Mary the Color Scientist.
176: Mccollough Effect.
177: Melody Perception.
178: Microstimulation.
179: Migraine.
180: Mind and Body.
181: Mirages.
182: Mirror Neurons.
183: Modality (Philosophy).
184: Modularity.
185: Molyneux's Question.
186: Motion Parallax and Structure from Motion.
187: Motion Perception.
188: Motion Perception: Physiological.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

E. Bruce Goldstein

E. Bruce Goldstein is an associate professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and is affiliated with the department of psychology at the University of Arizona. He received the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Pittsburgh for his classroom teaching and textbook writing. Before joining the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the biology department at Harvard University. Dr. Goldstein has published papers on a wide variety of topics, including retinal and cortical physiology, visual attention and the perception of pictures. The author of COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY: CONNECTING MIND, RESEARCH AND EVERYDAY EXPERIENCE, 5th Edition (Cengage, 2019) and THE MIND: CONSCIOUSNESS, PREDICTION AND THE BRAIN (MIT, 2020), he edited the BLACKWELL HANDBOOK OF PERCEPTION (Blackwell, 2001) and the two-volume SAGE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PERCEPTION (Sage, 2010). He is currently teaching courses in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, for learners over 50, at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Arizona, including Your Amazing Mind, Cognition and Aging, The Social and Emotional Mind, and The Mystery and Science of Shadows. He received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Tufts University and his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Brown University.