Perception and Illusion: Historical Perspectives by N.J. WadePerception and Illusion: Historical Perspectives by N.J. Wade

Perception and Illusion: Historical Perspectives

byN.J. Wade

Paperback | December 6, 2010

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This volume traces the history of thinking about perception from its early philosophical roots to the modern laboratory. Some of the questions it considers have been asked since antiquity - Is what we see the truth? Are everyone's perceptual experiences the same? What is the nature of infants' perception? What kinds of mistakes are made in perceiving? Can perceptual experience be communicated to others? The author sets the groundwork with an explanation of the five senses and how science has come to observe them. He also explores the idea of perceptual error which becomes the lens through which the study of perception is viewed. This examination of perception is described in chapters devoted to historical periods from the Greeks to the present time following themes of adaptation and how the senses are linked to an intricately organized brain which not only helps us perceive what is necessary for survival, but also creates links from the patterns of sensory stimulation to language and thought.
Title:Perception and Illusion: Historical PerspectivesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0 inPublished:December 6, 2010Publisher:Springer USLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Recording observations          The practice of perception                    Art                    Color                    Optics          Greek science and perception                    The ideal and the observable                    The five senses                    The introduction of observation                    The introduction of optics                    The introduction of experiment          SummaryChapter 2 Nature of perceptual error          Comparisons of percepts          Comparisons with physics          Comparisons with physiology          Distal and proximal comparisons          Phantoms          SummaryChapter 3 Nature of veridicalityNature of light                    Greek optics                    Medieval optics                    Early modern optics          Nature of sight                    Eye                    Retina                    Visual pathways                    Eye glasses          SummaryChapter 4 Perception in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries          Impact of optics                    Eye as an optical instrument          Impact of anatomy                    Visual pathways          Impact of physiology                    Accommodation                    Optical instruments                    Accommodation and age          Separation of the senses                    Muscle and temperature senses                    Movement sense          Vertigo                    Eye movements and vertigo          Emergent philosophies                    Empiricism and Cheselden's case          Emergent empirical methods                    Binocular color combination                    Size perception                    Color          SummaryChapter 5 The instrumental revolution in the nineteenth century          Stimulus control - the impact of physics                    Motion                    Depth                    Time          Anatomy                    Structure of the retina                    Pathways to the brain          Spatial illusions                    Illusions and the origins of experimental psychology                    Motion aftereffects          SummaryChapter 6 The response revolution in the nineteenth century          Phenomenology          Psychophysics                    Psychophysical scaling          Reaction time          Sensory-motor interactions          Eye movements                    Nystagmus                    Saccades                    Fixations                    Reading          SummaryChapter 7 The fragmentation of the senses in the nineteenth century          Methods of stimulating the senses          Specifying the senses                    Muscle sense                    Temperature sense                    Movement sense                    Specific nerve energies          Subjective phenomena          Objective correlates          SummaryChapter 8 The twentieth century - the multiplication of illusion          The developmental dimension                    Infant vision                    Visual development          The new physiology                    Feature detectors                    Two visual pathways          The information revolution          The machine metaphor                    Computers and vision          The new image                    Natural images                    Virtual realities          The new veridicality          Illusions and veridicality          SummaryChapter 9 ConclusionReferencesName IndexSubject Index

Editorial Reviews

From the reviews: "Wade has published numerous books and articles on perception, many of which deal with the history of research in this area. The present volume continues this trend . . Wade carries the historical account up to the present and concerns himself almost exclusively with vision, emphasizing the associations among art, illusion, and the scientific study of perception. . Highly recommended." (R. H. Cormack, Choice, Vol. 42 (10), 2005)"Nicholas Wade is an active empirical visual scientist who has also become a leading historian for our subject. ... He has now presented an overall view of the history of perception, with an emphasis on visual perception. . The book is clearly written in an engaging style and provides the only broad but concise review of the history of the main topics in perception." (Prof. Ian P. Howard, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, Vol. 41 (4), 2005)"Nicholas Wade of Dundee University is characteristic of the breed of scientist-historian: he is respected for his own experimental work on visual perception, but he has also established himself as one of the foremost historians of visual science. . Perception and Illusion begins in the time of Euclid and Aristotle . . He ends with the late 20th-century view of the human observer as an information-processing system . . Despite this vast territory, Wade has a firm and accurate grasp of his material." (John Mollon, The Times Higher Educational Supplement, October, 2005)