Sensation and Perception: An Informal Approach

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(3), 225–226. Reviews the book, Introduction to Sensory Processes by Jacqueline Ludel (see record 1979-07669-000). This is a carefully written textbook that is certain to appeal to many students. The book begins with three chapters on elementary neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. These are followed by five chapters on vision, four on audition, and one each on somesthesis, proprioception, and chemoreception. Each chapter ends with a list of suggested readings. At the end of the book are an appendix on the metric system, a glossary, and an index. One shortcoming of the book is that there are no reference citations in the text. The reader is often not told what scientists are responsible for a particular discovery. The book devotes considerable space to perceptual topics, although once again the treatment is uneven. Despite errors, however, this text explains many basic concepts in a clear, step-by-step manner. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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