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Elements of Perception

About this Cambridge Elements Series

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’s 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. 

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


If you would like more information about this series, or are interested in writing an Element, please contact James Enns.

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