Basic Vision: An Introduction to Visual Perception

Paperback | February 16, 2012

byRobert Snowden, Peter Thompson, Tom Troscianko

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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, withfull-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 braincan 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 importanceof contemporary techniques and methodology, and neuroscience-based techniques in particular, in driving forward our understanding of the visual system.Online Resource CentreThe 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.For students:* Annotated web links, giving students ready access to these additional learning resources.

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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 under...

Robert Snowden is a Professor in the School of Psychology, Cardiff University, where his research spans visual perception, attention, and abnormal psychology. Peter Thompson is Senior Lecturer in Visual Psychophysics in the Department of Psychology, University of York where his research examines the perception of motion and speed. T...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:440 pagesPublished:February 16, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

A trailer to the book1. The first steps in seeing2. Signalling changes3. To the cortex4. Size matters (and so does angle)5. Colour vision6. Motion perception7. The third dimension8. Development of vision9. Attention and neglect10. The perception of faces11. Perception vs. action12. Methods in Visual science

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"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