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Very great book for an intro to sensation and perception
on June 20, 2011
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. The author speaks in first person sometimes to talk about his students and what they did/said/thought that pertains to the subject matter being read, and I really like that - it adds a slight personal touch so that you know the text was written by a person, and it lets you know that you may not be the only one who thinks a certain way (his students have the same/similar notions as well).
Lastly, I do have to agree with a previous reviewer that it was annoying when some of the diagrams/pictures were on the next page from where you were reading so you'd have to stop reading and flip the page, but it really wasn't that bad. As for the bolded terms, yes, they were printed in a blue color that was sometimes hard to distinguish between the black text, but all you have to do is read in decent lighting to fully see the bold terms, and if not then you should still be able to see that it's bolded. I don't really see why people are complaining over these small issues and making them seem big - in my opinion they are not so prominent that they detract from the quality and clarity of the text, but if others felt that it did then I respect their opinions.
To end - this is a great text book. I would recommend this for professors to use for their sensation/perception classes, and if you're a student who has to read this text, I believe that most of you will find it fairly simple and like it. If you're reading this text just for the pure knowledge of it and are new to psychology texts, I believe this will be easy enough to understand and keep you engaged to want to read more. 5 stars!
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