A(nother) Brief Sensation Book

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(8), 660. Reviews the book, The Sensory World: An Introduction to Sensation and Perception by Thomas L. Bennett (1978). This book has set itself a most ambitious goal, no less than to be “suitable for courses in sensation and perception and as a supplemental text for courses in physiological psychology, comparative psychology, and general experimental psychology”. Beyond its unfulfilled ambition, several bothersome aspects of the book linger. For one thing, both its title and preface claim the perception as well as sensation will be covered, but the perception sections are downright anemic. The book's strong points are centered about the two chapters devoted to perceptual characteristics of animals, homing and migration in birds, communication in honeybees, and echolocation. It might have been better if The Sensory World had stayed closer to the classic problems of either sensation or perception, but not both. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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