Sensation and Perception By E. Bruce Goldstein

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    I think this book would have been really good when it first came out, but 36 years later it's become a bit of a mess.

    You can see where new research has been pasted into the old text, and the coverage of it doesn't really fit with the flow of the chapters. There are some things that are covered in depth, such as optical illusions and Gestalt principles, and other things that are barely covered at all, such as the neurology of each sense. An extraordinary amount of text focuses on describing the experiments that found out new information about the senses, and not as much time actually reviewing that information or looking at its applications and implications.

    But perhaps my biggest issue was that though the book claims to look at sensation and perception, the majority of it covers vision. 10 of the 15 chapters look at vision. While some of these chapters claim to be an overview of a general topic using vision as an example, they are, in reality, only looking at that topic through the lens of vision. While so much attention is given to vision, there are some senses that are barely touched at all and others that are never even mentioned. Proprioception, interoception, and other newer senses receive no mention (well, proprioception receives a definition but no coverage) and all the cutaneous senses and chemical senses are crammed into 2 chapters at the end.

    I believe this textbook is still being used since it's what has always been used, but I think it's time this book were either rewritten or replaced. 0534539645 Something a neuroscientist on vacation would read.

    Edit: I'm changing the rating from three to four stars because of the references to Beatles songs in the epilogue. However trivial it may be, the rush of yay outbalanced the boredom brought about by chapters 5 to 8. Never underestimate the power of music. 0534539645 هرچیز جالبی رو که با هدف امتحان بخونی بی مزه می شه. و این کتابم مستثنی نیست از این قاعده. جالب و دوست داشتنیه... اگه نخوای ازش امتحان بدی‌. 0534539645 Again, another great textbook, actually one of my higher favourites, but it was just for a class and I don't want Goodreads to think this is the kind of stuff to be recommending for me LOL 0534539645 Had to read for Sensation and Perception. Only read 60% (hoping to finish in my free time, or by taking part two of the course). I personally found it interesting because there are some explanations for various neurological conditions and conditions that affect the senses, and you can read about many hypotheses and theories behind sensory perception, which can lead to a greater understanding of how your body functions and also about the physical world around us. I found this textbook to be a good follow-up to reading Oliver Sacks case studies (Island of the Colourblind; An Anthropologist on Mars; Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat) and getting a more technical explanation for certain phenomena. If you can get passed the unimaginative, dry as toast, tedious writing style found in most textbooks (including this one), and have the luxury of supplementing the denser, more technical explanations by watching videos or by reading related articles online, you're in for a fascinating read (and probably a better grade). I hope your prof's presentation style is less monotonous than mine was and I hope you can put your knowledge to improving yourself, cultivating a more understanding professional/personal attitude by understanding different experiences of the world around us, and come up with fantastic magic tricks for your next dinner party (and tell me all about it!) 0534539645

    Good as a text book and explain the stuff quite clear. 0534539645 Read for PSYC 267

    Almost entirely a re-hash of PSYC 275 (Biopsychology) from last semester, so I was lucky. Half of the book is only about vision, because we know the most about it. We ran out of time in my class to really look into anything else other than the beginnings of hearing, so I can only vouch for about half the content in the book, but it was so much easier to understand than my last textbook. My teacher this semester explained things a lot better but the book was easier to follow too. Most of the content overlapped but it was explained with more continuity, so especially where the structures were concerned, things made so much more sense this semester. But we also went into detail about how we perceive things in the brain, which PSYC 275 doesn't. It's really cool to have some of the illusions our brains see explained, or how certain effects in images are created. I didn't even mind reading this textbook, but that said it's not really something I can sit down and burn through a whole chapter at once (they're between 20-30 pages on average), but I was forced to because of the timeline of summer courses. Definitely something you want to have time to read and think over in bits and pieces. 0534539645 The book radically overuses terminology that nobody has or will use. Chapter 12 contains some terminology relating to music theory that could be simplified by using terminology that everyone knows from their grade school music class. 0534539645 Blah, Blah, text book. Good information about sensation and perception and intriguing for those of us who are fascinated by human behavior. I guess I was tired of seeing no books on my currently reading list. 0534539645 this was actually a pretty cool textbook for my s&p psych class. I learned alot. how much Ill remember....who knows 0534539645

    Long regarded as the gold standard in sensation and perception texts, E. Bruce Goldstein's SENSATION AND PERCEPTION has helped more than 100,000 students make the connection between perception and physiology. Goldstein has crafted an easier-to-understand, and more student-friendly book, without sacrificing the text's comprehensive examination of sensation and perception. Goldstein takes readers on an intriguing journey through their senses, and chronicles scientists' efforts to understand the fascinating behind the scenes activity that allows us to perceive. With balanced coverage of all senses, this book offers an integrated examination of how the senses work together. Goldstein shows readers how seemingly simple experiences are actually extremely complex mechanisms and examines both the psychophysical and physiological underpinnings of perception. All material is presented in a way students find interesting and easy to follow. The book's visually dynamic presentation includes numerous color plates that are presented as visual topic essays. In addition, more than 50 hands-on demonstrations illustrate perceptual experiences. All are simple enough for students to do and are seamlessly integrated into the flow of the text. Sensation and Perception