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Elements of Perception

The modern study of human perception is not well reflected in the traditional textbook coverage of sensory receptors (retina, cochlea, corpuscular dendrites of the skin), sensory modalities (seeing, hearing, touch, smell, taste), and perception (attention, motion, objects, scenes). Today the field includes event perception, bidirectional influences between perception and action, music, language, the integration of the senses, human action observation, and the important roles of emotion, motivation, and social factors.

Elements of Perception is an effort to close the gap between traditional textbook coverage and the way human perception is studied and reported by today‚Äôs top researchers.  Each year 5-6 new articles will be published, combining authoritative literature reviews of foundational topics with forward-looking presentations of the recent developments on a given topic. The articles will introduce new readers to the latest currents of research while also offering an original perspective.

Areas of interest

  • Perceptual measurement
  • Cultural, genetic, and environmental influences on color vision
  • The role of taste and smell in everyday life
  • Intercepting objects and avoiding obstacles
  • Integrating information across the senses
  • Event perception in movies and life
  • Action observation and empathy
  • Musical performance and expression

About the Editor

Editor James Enns is a Professor at the University of British Columbia, where he researches the interaction of perception, attention, emotion, and social factors.  He has previously been Editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance and an Associate Editor at Psychological Science, Consciousness and Cognition, Attention Perception & Psychophysics, and Visual Cognition


For more information on this series, please contact James T. Enns, University of British Columbia

Editorial Board

  • Greg Francis, Purdue University
  • Kimberly Jameson, University of California, Irvine 
  • Theresa White, Le Moyne College
  • Rob Gray, Arizona State University
  • Salva Soto-Faraco, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Forthcoming Elements

  • Methods in Perception, Greg Francis, Purdue University
  • Color Vision, Kimberly Jameson, University of California, Irvine 
  • Chemosenses, Theresa White, Le Moyne College  
  • Vision for Action, Rob Gray, Arizona State University
  • Multisensory Perception,  Salva Soto-Faraco, Universitat Pompeu Fabra