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'John Harris has decades of experience on how to get students interested in perception, not the hottest topic for most psychology students. In his book, he draws on this experience to get the reader motivated in understanding the problems to be solved in perception research, the methods used and the often surprising insights gained, using hearing and seeing as main examples. John also makes clear that there is still much more to uncover and that humans are still better at most perceptual tasks than computers are. A fun book to read'
'The breadth of coverage is greater than most other textbooks of its type. The entertaining summaries and test questions will be enjoyed by undergraduates. The book may be broad, but its coverage is deep, so both graduate students and their supervisors will find it a useful reference for material they do not know they do not know. I shall be recommending this book to my students'
The student-friendly, yet academic, writing style, and the enthusiasm with which explanations and concepts are presented, not only allow a good understanding of perception processes but also convey a feeling of the author’s passion and commitment towards perception research.
Sensation and Perception is to be commended for presenting complex topics in a stimulating manner, without resorting to ‘dumbing down’ in order to keep the reader engaged. Not only would it be of obvious use to any second- or third-year undergraduate course on perception, but I can see it being used as an excellent resource for guiding potential final-year dissertation students in the intricacies of experimental design. To that end, Harris’s text is a timely and very welcome addition to any undergraduate psychology degree programme.
I initially liked the book's organization and the way in which the chapters proceed from basic sensation and perceptual principles to specific topics. I still think this is a great idea. The book's low cost was also a factor. However, when actually teaching with this book, I found that my students found the writing tedious and sometimes hard to comprehend, and the illustrations in the book were so hard to work with I ended up using figures from a different textbook in lectures to aid the students' understanding.
This book breaks down human sensations and perception in an easy to understand format. It gives good examples from research and backs them up with case studies. This is a great book for anyone studying in the area of intellectual/ learning disabilities both undergraduate and postgraduate.
This text explores in detail the psychology of sensation and perception, providing a wealth of information to challenge students (and teachers!) alike.
This book gives a good overview of perception. It informs the reader of the physiological, neurological, psychological factors that influence our perception and senses.
a clear and interesting book
With his years of experience in the field, Harris offers an interesting, non-boring, view on perception research. These findings could be very useful for the development of socially interactive agents, such as robots.
This is a really user friendly undergraduate text. Not only are there regular punctuations with the ‘key points’, ‘key studies’, ‘test yourself questions’ etc. sections, but the book is written in an engaging manner and in language which is likely to be understood. Do to the nature of the courses on which I teach this book will only serve to cover a small area of content, but it will certainly serve as an engaging introduction when called upon.
An interesting read.
This is a good read - it flows well.
This book is generally a good source of information for undergraduate students. It will provide a suitable background to issues relevant in the field. It is clear it its approach and terminology, and is a useful supplement to the course.