Mather: Foundations of Sensation and Perception

The first edition of this comprehensive introduction to Sensation and Perception has been highly praised for its unique approach.

The book begins with an introductory chapter on general physiological, perceptual and theoretical principles which gives the reader the conceptual tools to build a clear understanding of how we perceive the world.

The next two chapters then flesh out basic topics such as transduction, receptive fields, and sensory adaptation via coverage of the minor senses (touch, balance, smell, and taste).

Later chapters on hearing and vision build on these foundations.

This approach allows students to thoroughly grasp the fundamental principles in relation to the relatively simple sensory systems before moving on to the more complex topics.

Unlike other perception textbooks, this has a whole chapter on Individual Differences, which considers potential sources of difference such as age, sex, expertise and culture.

This full-colour 2nd edition has been revised and updated to include:

  • Revised and expanded coverage of taste processing and perception, touch perception, pitch perception, and receptive field modeling.
  • New sections on word perception, the size after-effect, crowding, scene perception, and optic flow.
  • A completely new chapter devoted to multi-sensory processing and synesthesia, with a new tutorial on attentional effects in perception.
  • A new tutorial on visual dysfunction in artists.

The book includes a number of helpful textbook features, such as key terms, chapter summaries, and student and instructor supplementary resources. There are also 'Tutorial' sections in each chapter, which provide an opportunity for students to advance their studies by exploring supplementary information on recent or controversial developments. Further, over 700 references to original source material lead the interested reader into the specialist literature.

Foundations of Sensation and Perception provides students with a thorough analysis of our perceptual experience, how it relates to the physical properties of the world and how it is linked to the biological properties of the brain. It will be an invaluable resource for those studying psychology and neuroscience, enabling the reader to achieve a firm grasp of current knowledge concerning the complex processes that underlie our perception of the world.