About this Book
- Written to make visual perception interesting, accessible, and enjoyable to learn.
- Boxes augment the text by either taking students deeper into the subject, or offering further explanations of key concepts, to ensure that the student develops a fully rounded understanding of the subject.
- Full colour artwork conveys important principles in a visually stimulating way, enhancing the educational value of the text.
- Absorbing and engaging writing style helps to motivate the student by drawing them into the subject rather than intimidating them.
- Online Resource Centre features resources for both lecturers and students, enhancing the educational value of the text.
New to this edition
- Coverage of how vision integrates with the other senses.
- Increased content demonstrating how methods are applied in practice.
- Learning features, both in-print and online, increase links between the book and the primary literature.
- Enhanced presentation with improved design and new colour scheme.
Why do things look blurry underwater? Why do people drive too fast in fog? How do you high-pass filter a cup of tea? What have mixer taps to do with colour vision?
Basic Vision: An Introduction to Visual Perception demystifies the processes through which we see the world. Written by three authors with over 80 years of research and undergraduate teaching experience between them, it leads the reader step-by-step through the intricacies of visual processing, with full-colour illustrations on nearly every page. The writing style captures the excitement of recent research in neuroscience that has transformed our understanding of visual processing, but delivers it with a humour that keeps the reader enthused, rather than bemused.
The book takes us through the various elements that come together as our perception of the world around us: the perception of size, colour, motion, and three-dimensional space. It illustrates the intricacy of the visual system, discussing its development during infancy, and revealing how the brain can get it wrong, either as a result of brain damage, through which the network of processes become compromised, or through illusion, where the brain compensates for mixed messages by seeing what it thinks should be there, rather than conveying the reality. The book also demonstrates the importance of contemporary techniques and methodology, and neuroscience-based techniques in particular, in driving forward our understanding of the visual system.
Online Resource Centre
The Online Resource Centre to accompany Basic Vision features:
For registered adopters:
Figures from the book available to download, to facilitate lecture preparation.
Test bank of multiple choice questions - a readily available tool for either formative or summative assessment.
A Journal Club, with questions to lead students through key research articles that relate to topics covered in the book.
Annotated web links, giving students ready access to these additional learning resources.
Readership: Intermediate and advanced level undergraduates of psychology and neuroscience. Also of interest to postgraduate students who require an accessible introduction to the field.
Table of Contents
0: A trailer to the book
1: The first steps in seeing
2: Signalling changes
3: To the cortex
4: Spatial vision
5: Colour vision
6: The perception of motion
7: The third dimension
8: The development of vision
9: Attention and neglect
10: The perception of faces
11: Vision and action
12: How we know it might be so...
Review(s) from previous edition
"This the best textbook I have come across that dedicates enough time and space to describing the underlying physiology of the visual system and why understanding these neural mechanisms is critical to understanding human visual perception... The "conversational" style is great for breaking down the barriers between student's apprehensions and the neuroscientific aspects of the field. - Nick Barraclough, Department of Psychology, University of Hull
"I was very pleased to discover Basic Vision. The style is very engaging,
and it covers all the main topics. The explanations are clear and generally
well pitched for undergraduates." - Kielan Yarrow, Department of
Psychology, City University