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Chapter 4 Weblinks: Chapter 4: Sensation and Perception Illusion Works From the Illusion Works home page: "Welcome to the most comprehensive collection of optical and sensory illusions on the world-wide web. This award-winning collection consists of innumerable interactive demonstrations, up-to-date and reliable scientific explanations, school projects, illusion artwork, interactive puzzles, 3D graphics, suggested reading lists, bibliographies, perception links, and much more." Exploratorium From "About the Exploratorium." "Housed within the walls of San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts, the Exploratorium is a collage of over 650 science, art, and human perception exhibits. The Exploratorium is a leader in the movement to promote the museum as an educational center." "This unique museum was founded in 1969 by noted physicist and educator Dr. Frank Oppenheimer, who was director until his death in 1985." Follow the link to Mind, where you can explore “the science, art, and experience of our inner lives.” Seeing, Hearing and Smelling the World: This site from the Howard Hughes Institute offers crisp graphics and a variety of tutorials on vision, audition, the mystery of smell, and brain scans. Sensation and Perception Tutorial Dr. Krantz offers a tutorial on the concept of visual receptive fields and on the use of visual information in art. Encyclopedia of Psychology This site contains a large number of links to sites that offer information about sensation and perception. Aging and the Olfactory System Provides an update on research into the olfactory system and how aging impacts the perception of smell. Vision Science Click on “demonstrations” in the left hand column. You will find a number of interesting demonstrations and visual illusions. The Joy of Visual Perception a Web Book An on-line book that presents a great deal of information about the eye, and the brain with regard to vision. Value and Need as Organizing Factors in Perception (1947) Jerome S. Bruner and Cecile C. Goodman, Harvard University This article is quite interesting and readable. It addresses the question of how much of what we end up perceiving is due to the original stimulus, “what is out there” and how much is constructed or fabricated by our brain. The York University site contains many historical papers in psychology and can be searched by topic or author.
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