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Sensory Processes by David R. Soderquist


Sensory Processes by David R. Soderquist

This book emphasizes the underlying neural structures and functions of sensory systems (pain, olfaction, gustation, audition, vision, etc.) and presents this complex material at a level comprehensible to undergraduates as well as beginning graduate students. The book begins with a review of the central nervous system and its sensory components and includes discussions of methodological techniques and procedures used to study sensory processes. Features/Benefits: * Detailed coverage of sense modalities beyond vision and audition offers students more in-depth coverage of the somatosensory system, pain, olfaction, gustation, and the vestibular system than most traditional sensation and perception books provide. * Inclusion of sensory disorders and dysfunctions, with clinical examples, illustrate the real-world importance and impact of the subject matter. * Pedagogical aids and a user-friendly style and approach make the subject matter understandable to students; these aids include brief chapter intros that put the material into contexts students can readily relate to; key terms bolded in text and defined in an end-of-book glossary; chapter summaries; and selected references for further reading.


I like the general tone of the book. The overall approach and the metaphors are quite nice. -- BRUCE HALPERN I'm very sympathetic to the goal of this book in taking an enhanced multidisciplinary approach to the area of Sensation/Perception, with particular emphasis on the neuroscience background. Also commendable is the detailed treatment of sense modalities other than vision and audition. -- MICHAEL SLOANE I think the book's primary strengths are its attention to detail and willingness to tackle difficult topics and offer very good explanations and analogies. -- STEVEN HAASE There is no comparable text for a course in perception that emphasizes the neural basis of perception rather than simply perceptual phenomena and psychophysics...It is strong in the clarity with which some difficult concepts are explained. The author does not restrict himself to a physics and engineering approach, but rather gives the reader a mental image of what is happening biologically. Inclusion of disorders is another big advantage...The quality of writing is excellent. The level is appropriate for upper level undergraduates. -- RICKYE HEFFNER

About the Author

David R. Soderquist is Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Vanderbilt University in 1968. His primary research interest is in psychoacoustics, and he has published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, the Journal of Auditory Research, Perception and Psychophysics, Acoustical Letters, the Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society, Educational and Psychological Measurement, Human Factors, and elsewhere. He has taught courses on sensory processes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and has class-tested early drafts of this book with his students.

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Publication date

11th January 2002


David R. Soderquist

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SAGE Publications Inc


400 pages


Neurology & clinical neurophysiology



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