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An Introduction to the Visual System

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: July 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521709644

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About the Authors
  • Building on the successful formula of the first edition, Martin Tovée offers a concise but detailed account of how the visual system is organised and functions to produce visual perception. He takes his readers from first principles; the structure and function of the eye and what happens when light enters, to how we see and process images, recognise patterns and faces, and through to the most recent discoveries in molecular genetics and brain imaging, and how they have uncovered a host of new advances in our understanding of how visual information is processed within the brain. Incorporating new material throughout, including almost 50 new images, every chapter has been updated to include the latest research, and culminates in helpful key points, which summarise the lessons learnt. This book is an invaluable course text for students within the fields of psychology, neuroscience, biology and physiology.

    • Contains new colour images, italicised phrases and terms in bold making it easy to navigate
    • Now covers exciting new discoveries like change blindness and the neural basis of perceptual learning bringing readers completely up to date with the most recent research
    • Clear, student-friendly layout, including a key points section at the end of each chapter summarising the lessons learnt
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'The book has many attractions. In a lively and enthusiastic way the author takes us on a journey of fascinating discoveries artfully woven together … The writing is lucid, succinct, thoughtful and highly informative … I highly recommend this book for use in advanced undergraduate and graduate classes … The book deserves a place on the shelf of everyone interested in the current state of vision research and in the paths the field of vision research might take in the near future.' Lothar Spillmann, Trends in Neuroscience

    '… if you are looking for a brief, wide-ranging introductory text on vision then this book fits the bill.' Mark Scase, Bulletin of the Applied Vision Association

    '… an up to date textbook.' New Scientist

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: July 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521709644
    • length: 222 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 188 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 74 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The eye and forming the image
    3. Retinal colour vision
    4. The organisation of the visual system
    5. Primary visual cortex
    6. Visual development - an activity-dependent process
    7. Colour constancy
    8. Object perception and recognition
    9. Face recognition and interpretation
    10. Motion perception
    11. Brain and space
    12. What is perception?

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Brain and Visual Art
    • Neuroscience and Behavior
    • Revolutions in Science - The Physics of Vision
    • Seeing Time in the Brain
    • Vision
    • Visual Perception and Art
  • Author

    Martin J. Tovée, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

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