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How do we spot a familiar face from across a crowded room, and know that we're not waving to a complete stranger? How can we judge that an oncoming car is approaching too fast for us to cross the road safely, and immediately determine that we're better off waiting at the curb? Basic Vision: An Introduction to Visual Perception demystifies the processes through which the b How do we spot a familiar face from across a crowded room, and know that we're not waving to a complete stranger? How can we judge that an oncoming car is approaching too fast for us to cross the road safely, and immediately determine that we're better off waiting at the curb? Basic Vision: An Introduction to Visual Perception demystifies the processes through which the brain "sees." It leads us through the various elements that come together in our perception of the world around us: size, color, motion, and three-dimensional space. The book illustrates the intricacy of the visual system, discussing its development during infancy, and reveals how the brain can get it wrong. It also demonstrates the importance of contemporary techniques and methodology--neuroscience-based techniques in particular--in advancing our understanding of the visual system. With a sense of enthusiasm for the subject that pervades the book, Basic Vision is ideal for undergraduate courses in visual perception. Online Resource Center: For Lecturers: . Downloadable figures to facilitate lecture preparation . Customizable course outlines and student handouts, to facilitate lecture delivery . Test bank of multiple-choice questions - a readily available tool for either formative or summative assessment For Students: . Annotated web links that provide ready access to additional learning resources . Update section that links to websites and journal articles covering developments in the field since the book published"


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How do we spot a familiar face from across a crowded room, and know that we're not waving to a complete stranger? How can we judge that an oncoming car is approaching too fast for us to cross the road safely, and immediately determine that we're better off waiting at the curb? Basic Vision: An Introduction to Visual Perception demystifies the processes through which the b How do we spot a familiar face from across a crowded room, and know that we're not waving to a complete stranger? How can we judge that an oncoming car is approaching too fast for us to cross the road safely, and immediately determine that we're better off waiting at the curb? Basic Vision: An Introduction to Visual Perception demystifies the processes through which the brain "sees." It leads us through the various elements that come together in our perception of the world around us: size, color, motion, and three-dimensional space. The book illustrates the intricacy of the visual system, discussing its development during infancy, and reveals how the brain can get it wrong. It also demonstrates the importance of contemporary techniques and methodology--neuroscience-based techniques in particular--in advancing our understanding of the visual system. With a sense of enthusiasm for the subject that pervades the book, Basic Vision is ideal for undergraduate courses in visual perception. Online Resource Center: For Lecturers: . Downloadable figures to facilitate lecture preparation . Customizable course outlines and student handouts, to facilitate lecture delivery . Test bank of multiple-choice questions - a readily available tool for either formative or summative assessment For Students: . Annotated web links that provide ready access to additional learning resources . Update section that links to websites and journal articles covering developments in the field since the book published"

30 review for Basic Vision: An Introduction to Visual Perception

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melarish Ish

    This is what all textbooks should be like - you read, you laugh, you enjoy and accidentally become a little smarter :)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Beril Naz Hassan

    Honestly, as a Psychology student who has suffered from the "Perception and Attention" module last year, when I was given this as the main book for "Visual Perception and Illusions" I thought "Here we go again..." But I LOVED THIS BOOK. I mean, as much as a student can love a book from a university's mandatory reading list. The way it was written was so witty and empathetic. All the little jokes about how boring some of the details are and the examples made exam revision much easier. Who knew a Honestly, as a Psychology student who has suffered from the "Perception and Attention" module last year, when I was given this as the main book for "Visual Perception and Illusions" I thought "Here we go again..." But I LOVED THIS BOOK. I mean, as much as a student can love a book from a university's mandatory reading list. The way it was written was so witty and empathetic. All the little jokes about how boring some of the details are and the examples made exam revision much easier. Who knew a book on visual perception could actually be likable. And guess who aced her exam thanks to this book... *Insert girl raising her hand emoji*

  3. 5 out of 5

    Minyoung

    A fantastic textbook that covers, well, the basics of vision. Learning about the structure of the eye, how we believe perception works, and different testing methodologies, can all be incredibly dry material. Thankfully, the authors of this book have made the subject matter digestible by weaving in a healthy dose of humor into the text. There was one line that felt like a personal attack (I read the line "If you lead a sad and uninteresting life, you may have this book as bedtime reading" as I w A fantastic textbook that covers, well, the basics of vision. Learning about the structure of the eye, how we believe perception works, and different testing methodologies, can all be incredibly dry material. Thankfully, the authors of this book have made the subject matter digestible by weaving in a healthy dose of humor into the text. There was one line that felt like a personal attack (I read the line "If you lead a sad and uninteresting life, you may have this book as bedtime reading" as I was using the book as bedtime reading...), but one quickly learns that no-one is safe from the dry humor of the authors, as there are plenty of jokes made at the expense of various professions, patients with brain damage, and even the authors themselves. It's all tongue-in-cheek, however, and makes for an enjoyable and educational read. Thinking back, I believe this book was an optional supplemental reading in my Mammalian Vision course during my undergrad many years ago, and I kind of wish that it was used as the primary text instead of whatever we actually ended up using. Maybe I'd have scored better than a B...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    I read the whole damn thing for my Perception & Attention class so I'm sure as shit gonna add it to my read list for this year! Honestly though, this textbook is lit. It covers some topics that can often be very dry and sometimes hard to grasp - but does so in an incredibly accessible, easy-to-read manner. The dry, English humour really helps too, and I particularly enjoy the passages where the authors insult the reader. Actually entertaining, and probably the least arduous textbook I've ever rea I read the whole damn thing for my Perception & Attention class so I'm sure as shit gonna add it to my read list for this year! Honestly though, this textbook is lit. It covers some topics that can often be very dry and sometimes hard to grasp - but does so in an incredibly accessible, easy-to-read manner. The dry, English humour really helps too, and I particularly enjoy the passages where the authors insult the reader. Actually entertaining, and probably the least arduous textbook I've ever read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Fernando

    How objects are perceived depends on the available light and the physiology of the observer.

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  29. 4 out of 5

    Anna Alma

  30. 5 out of 5

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