Welcome to Perception!

You should note routine changes in these pages devoted to perception. In part, I was motivated by the revision of the (now) Foley & Matlin text, which is available at the usual online sources (e.g., Amazon, Barnes & Noble).

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There will be Web pages specifically designed to support the revised text, but I've decided to revise my own perception pages in an effort to help colleagues who teach the perception course or the perception unit of an introductory course. I'll be posting new information to these pages in an effort to provide you with up-to-date information about recent developments in perception.

However, these pages will definitely be a work in progress. I'm trying to maintain all of the information that was previously available on this site, so I hope that you'll be able to find whatever helpful information you'd accessed previously. The difference is that now you'll find the information on a separate page consistent with the topic of a particular chapter (see tabbed links above). I'll be working on the pages routinely. So, please, if you have a resource that you'd like me to post on these pages, please contact me (link on the left). Thanks!


General Resources

The world has changed considerably since the last edition of the textbook (1997). New Macs now contain Intel chips and can run Windows, so the differences between computer platforms are diminishing. Videos are more likely to appear on CD or DVD (or on the Web) than on film or VHS tapes. And with the powerful search engines available on the (rapidly expanding) Web, information is now more readily available. Nonetheless, I hope to be able to point you toward information and resources that will aid you.

• I'll continue to put in a plug for the TiPS (Teaching in the Psychological Sciences) list. If you choose to subscribe to the list, be prepared to delete lots of irrelevant chatter. (I won't prejudice you in advance by telling you the names that go directly to my garbage can.) But also be prepared to learn a lot from some exceptional colleagues. And be prepared for help (sometimes extensive) from those colleagues in response to any query you might post. Stephen Black has now retired from his academic position, which means that he's more prolific than ever! And a special thanks to Bill Southerly, who maintains the list.

You can find an archive of discussions here:

• You'll find all sorts of useful resources on the Web. Did you realize that the Scientific American Frontiers series is available on the Web? You'll find the PBS site to be a useful link (especially for NOVA), with videos for sale at their site.

• Some Web sites of general interest include:

Exploratorium / Exploratorium Digital Library
Scientific American

Annual Review of Psychology
Annual Review of Neuroscience
Perception and Psychophysics
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
Vision Science
Joy of Visual Perception (Peter Kaiser, York University)
Science Daily (Perception)

• You will find some perception films of interest, including some offered by Films for the Humanities and Sciences and others by Insight Media.


General Readings

• Here are some books that you may find useful, particularly for information about the visual system:

Cornsweet, T. N. (1970). Visual perception. New York: Academic Press.

Diamond, M. C., Scheibel, A. B., & Elson, L. M. (1985). The human brain coloring book. New York: Barnes & Noble.

Fineman, M. (1981). The inquisitive eye. New York: Oxford University Press.

Frisby, J. P. (1980). Seeing: Illusion, brain and mind. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Goldstein, E. B. (Ed.) (2001). Blackwell handbook of perception. Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Gregory, R. L. (1997). Eye and brain: The psychology of seeing (5th Ed.). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Jacob, P. & Jeannerod, M. (2003). Ways of seeing: The scope and limits of visual cognition. New York: Oxford University Press.

Livingstone, M. (2002). Vision and art: The biology of seeing. New York: Abrams.

Mayer, M. (1982). Sensory perception laboratory manual. New York: Wiley.

Palmer, S. E. (1999). Vision science: Photons to phenomenology. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Pashler, H. (Ed.) (2002). Stevens' handbook of experimental psychology. New York: Wiley (Four volumes, see Vol. 1)

Power, R. P., Hausfeld, S., & Gorta, A. (1981). Workshops in perception. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

Purves, D. & Lotto, B. (2003). Why we see what we do: An empirical theory of vision. Sinauer.

Wandell, B. A. (1995). Foundations of vision. Sunderland, MA: Sinauer.

Weiner, I. B. (Ed.) (2003). Handbook of psychology. New York: Wiley. (Twelve volumes, see especially Vols. 2, 3, & 4.)