Goldstein, E. Bruce. Sensation and Perception. 6th ed. Pacific Grove, Calif.: Wadsworth-Thomson Learning, 2002. Excellent overview of the field of sensation and perception study. Chapters focus on subjects dealing with vision, hearing, and touch as well as perceived speech and the chemical senses.
Gregory, R. L. Eye and Brain: The Psychology of Seeing. 5th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. A broad book on vision for the general reader. Beneficial for students in the areas of psychology, biology, and physiology. Includes many illustrations that help to explain complex matters in an understandable fashion. Matlin, M. W. Sensation and Perception. 4th ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 1997. An introductory text covering all general areas of sensation and perception. Themes carried throughout the text are intended to provide additional structure for the material; these themes reflect the author's eclectic, theoretical orientation. Schiff, William. Perception: An Applied Approach. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1980. Schiff's book is concerned with how people can, and do, use their senses to comprehend their world and their relation to it. Interesting chapters cover such topics as social-event perception, personal perception, and individual differences in perception.
Sekuler, Robert, and Robert R. Blake. Perception. 4th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2002. Sekuler and Blake attempt to explain seeing, hearing, smelling, and tasting to students of perception. Extensive use of illustrations allows the reader to understand materials more fully. A series of short illustrations is also used to depict additional concepts.
Eugene R. Johnson
See also: Nervous System; Senses.
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