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Sensation and Perception Hardcover – February 13, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0495601494 ISBN-10: 0495601497 Edition: 8th

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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 8th edition (February 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495601497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495601494
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 9.1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BRUCE GOLDSTEIN is Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Arizona. He has received the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Pittsburgh for his classroom teaching and textbook writing. He received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Tufts University and his PhD in experimental psychology from Brown University; he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Biology Department at Harvard University before joining the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh. Bruce has published papers on a wide variety of topics, including retinal and cortical physiology, visual attention, and the perception of pictures. He is the author of SENSATION AND PERCEPTION, 9th Edition (Cengage, 2014), and the editor of the BLACKWELL HANDBOOK OF PERCEPTION (Blackwell, 2001) and the two-volume SAGE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PERCEPTION (Sage, 2010).

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I definitely recommend the text, just not the Kindle format!
Australiana63
This disc is amazing to use if you are in Sensation and Perception and rented or bought a book without the cd.
whatshername
It's one of the most interesting intro texts that I have on a psychology topic.
littlemyu

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Melissa L. Stone on September 12, 2010
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As a psychology major wanting to focus on the counselling aspects, a sensation and perception course was definitely not high on my 'want to take' list. But, not only was the class entertaining and informative, but this text was pretty darn good. It wasn't nearly as dry as my usual psychology text book, and it was highly informative, going into depth and giving examples to tie everything together. If you are a psychology professor, I would highly recommend this text for your class. It made me, someone not interested in the topic at all, not only love the class but continue to use the knowledge that I gained in real world settings.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By littlemyu on June 20, 2011
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This was one of the easiest psychology books to understand for me and read with a bit of interest. That being said, I'm a human biology & psychology major, yet was dreading this class because I had a previous sensation class with a disorganized professor who did not use a standard textbook as this, nor did he go over the basic principles as this book did so when reading this text I was learning a lot of new things. Anyway, on to the book.......

I feel that the author tries to write the text in as plain "English" as possible so that even someone picking up a psychology text for the first time would be able to understand the material and stay engaged. As another reviewer has said, I'm not sure why people are complaining about the highly technical language.... there is bound to be some - sensation and perception tie in closely with psychology AND biology, so yes, there will be some technical terms in the book, but they are all defined/explained clearly and simply. The text is also filled with many examples that help the reader fully understand the concepts presented, and I think that 95% of the examples are great examples. To attest to the ease of learning with this book, even I read some material I had never gone through before in my previous biology/psychology courses... for these 4 to 5 chapters, I was learning the material for the very first time and I still thought that it was easy to understand thanks to the way in which the author had written the text.

This is not a boring dry textbook at all. It's one of the most interesting intro texts that I have on a psychology topic.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan J. Bobal on September 1, 2009
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The book is complely sound, however a bit over priced for much of the same material found in the old edition.

The previous reviewer complains about a Amazon marketplace seller in the book review and gives the book a one star review. How do people review the book based on the seller review unknowingly? The book isn't a one star, but because of your rant it now looks as if the book is rated horribly when the only problem was your own incompetence.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ranita on July 17, 2010
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The writing is concise and the book is updated so often because of all of the new research coming out on sensation and perception. Lots of recent research is included in this text, which is cool. If you're into looking at diagrams/pictures while learning, everything is in color and aesthetically pleasing to look at. I wouldn't agree with the previous reviewer that the language is too technical. Yes, it would probably help to have an intro to psychology course or some knowledge of science behind you, but the author defines and explains his concepts very well, in my opinion. I didn't use the CD that came with it, but my professor did in her lectures which had relevant demonstrations that I thought were interesting.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Australiana63 on January 23, 2012
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THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND UP FRONT! The Kindle version does not have page numbers, so if you are a student, like me, who is intending to use this book for a course and needs to read certain pages, this book will definitely not work for you. I was extremely discouraged when I purchased this on rental only to discover I could never keep track of where my classmates were reading.

Aside from that, the content is good and Goldstein does a stand-up job writing about the intricacies of sensation and perception. I definitely recommend the text, just not the Kindle format!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By whatshername on November 25, 2012
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This disc is amazing to use if you are in Sensation and Perception and rented or bought a book without the cd. It solidified my grade by a whole letter I would wager. You learn the theories and process better because the cd offers videos and pictures and diagrams that assist those like me who learn on more of a visual level.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Gilbert on January 15, 2014
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I only wish I could include pictures of the shape this book came in. I paid for a "good" used book. This book is in terrible condition! Every single word on every single page is highlighted. The binding of this book is completely shot, thankfully someone took the time to tape it up before sending it my way. I cannot believe the condition this book is in. In other words, find another seller to rent this book from.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Svybyr on November 21, 2010
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What can I say besides I got exactly what I wanted as I expected for a great price. Arrival was quick. Very satisfied.
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