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Macmillan Higher Education

Sensation, Perception and Action

An Evolutionary Perspective

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Hardcover - 9780230552661

03 March 2010

£80.00

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Paperback - 9780230552678

04 March 2010

£34.99

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Ebook - 9781137092106

02 March 2010

£33.99

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With a style that is both detailed and accessible, this new text from Johannes Zanker provides students with a solid understanding of how our sensory and perceptual systems operate, and interact with a dynamic world. It not...

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With a style that is both detailed and accessible, this new text from Johannes Zanker provides students with a solid understanding of how our sensory and perceptual systems operate, and interact with a dynamic world. It not only explains the scientific mechanisms involved, but discusses the costs and benefits of these mechanisms within an evolutionary, functional framework, to encourage important questions such as: What is a given sensory mechanism needed for? What kind of problem can it solve and what are its limitations? How does the environment determine how senses operate? How does action affect and facilitate perception?

This unique, interdisciplinary framework allows students to see perceiving and acting as embedded in particular environments and directs them to think about the functional nature of these systems. The overall effect is an especially readable, authoritative text on Sensation, Perception and Action that really brings this fascinating topic to life.

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  • Textbook for a popular module in Psychology
  • Unique Approach:?Takes an engineering/evolutionary perspective
  • Coverage of Action:?Shows how perception works in a dynamic world
  • Detailed discussion of the philosophical and metaphysical nature of perception
  • Student-friendly layout with detailed illustrations and explanations
  • Discursive and thought-provoking style

Perception as Gateway to the World
The Machinery: Understanding the Neural Code
Vision 1: Brightness
Vision 2: Colour
Vision 3: From Images to Space
Vision 4: Time and Motion
Hearing 1: Sound and Noise
Hearing 2: Complex Auditory Information
Chemical Senses: Smell and Taste 
Body Senses: From the Control of Posture to Touch 
Focus of Interest: Attentional Modulation of Perception
Managing Information Flow Through Integration of Sensory and Motor Systems
Making Sense: Theoretical Approaches to Perception.

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JOHANNES ZANKER is Professor of Neuroscience at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, where he is also Head of the Psychology department. He has held positions at the Max-Planck Institute, Germany; the Australian National University; and University College London, UK.  His research over the last 20 years has centred on topics at the boundaries of biology, computer science and psychology    

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JOHANNES ZANKER is Professor of Neuroscience at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, where he is also Head of the Psychology department. He has held positions at the Max-Planck Institute, Germany; the Australian National University; and University College London, UK.  His research over the last 20 years has centred on topics at the boundaries of biology, computer science and psychology    

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