Sight Unseen

Hardcover | July 20, 2013

byMelvyn Goodale, David Milner

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Vision, more than any other sense, dominates our mental life. Our conscious visual experience of the world is so rich and detailed that we can hardly distinguish it from the real thing. But as Goodale and Milner make clear in their prize-winning book, Sight Unseen, our visual experience of theworld is not all there is to vision. Some of the most important things that vision does for us never reach our consciousness at all.In this updated and extended new edition, Goodale and Milner explore one of the most extraordinary neurological cases of recent years - one that profoundly changed scientific views on the visual brain. It is the story of Dee Fletcher - a young woman who became blind to shape and form as a result ofbrain damage. Dee was left unable to recognize objects or even tell one simple geometric shape from another. As events unfolded, however, Goodale and Milner found that Dee wasn't in fact blind - she just didn't know that she could see. They showed, for example, that Dee could reach out and grasp objects with amazing dexterity, despite being unable to perceive their shape, size, or orientation. Taking us on a journey into the unconscious brain, the two scientists who made this incredible discovery tell the amazing story of theirwork, and the surprising conclusion they were forced to reach. Written to be accessible to students and popular science readers, this book is a fascinating illustration of the power of the 'unconscious' mind.

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Vision, more than any other sense, dominates our mental life. Our conscious visual experience of the world is so rich and detailed that we can hardly distinguish it from the real thing. But as Goodale and Milner make clear in their prize-winning book, Sight Unseen, our visual experience of theworld is not all there is to vision. Some o...

Melvyn Goodale is Canada Research Chair in Visual Neuroscience at The University of Western Ontario, Canada. David Milner is Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Durham University, UK.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:July 20, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199596964

ISBN - 13:9780199596966

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Table of Contents

1. A tragic accident2. Doing without seeing3. When vision for action fails4. The origins of vision: from modules to models5. Streams within streams6. The anatomy of conscious and unconscious vision7. Why do we need two systems?8. How do the two systems work?9. Getting it all together10. Postscript: Dee's life twenty years on

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"A rewarding book... The approach is refreshingly humane... There is much information of interest in Sight Unseen." --Times Literary Supplement