Empiricism Revisited

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(8), 631–633. Reviews the book, Perception and Experience edited by Richard D. Walk and Herbert L. Pick, Jr. (1978). This volume is a collection of essays organized in three sections, each preceded by an introduction prepared by the editors. The first section is concerned with comparative studies of the effects of experience on perception. This is followed by a section on effects of prolonged experience on human perception, while the concluding section deals with effects of short-term experience on human perception. The last three chapters do not seem to me to add substantially to the value of the book. Uhlarik and Johnson offer a brief essay on the microgenesis of form perception in repeated brief exposures to visual stimuli. In summary, the editors have gathered together a set of essays that, for the most part, speaks informatively on a question of enduring interest to investigators in the field of perception. Most readers will find at least some parts of the book are worthy of attention. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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