This book combines sensation and perception with all biological-sensory aspects of perception with all biological-sensory aspects of perception covered from an evolutionary point of view. It raises the key question: How do the senses gather and secure information about the outside world? This basic question is addressed by explaining how the physical world interacts with and stimulates the senses, and, in turn, how the sense and the nervous system transform, integrate, and process the stimulation.
Assuming in readers no more than a basic course in psychology and perhaps some biology, Schiffman (Rutgers) explains how the physical world interacts with and stimulates the senses, and how the senses and nervous system in turn transform, integrate, and process the stimulation to enable perception of the environment. He provides a survey of sensation and perception within a biological behavioral context, balancing theories, principles, and basic findings. The fifth edition updates the material based on developments in the field, and retains the organizational changes introduced in the fourth, for which he notes no date. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)