Sensory systems

  • Tony Malim
  • Ann Birch


Perception is the process whereby the brain makes sense of the information received from the senses. Gregory (1966) suggests: ‘Perception is not simply determined by stimulus patterns; rather it is a dynamic searching for the best interpretation of the available data’. (See Chapter 13 for a more complete discussion of the process of perception.)


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Further reading

  1. Atkinson, R.L., Atkinson, R.C., Smith, E.E. and Bern, D.J. (1993). Introduction to Psychology, 11th edn. Orlando, FL: Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich. Chapter 4 covers the visual sense in some detail and examines more briefly the auditory and other senses. Some excellent illustrations.Google Scholar
  2. Wade, N.J. and Swanston, M. (1991). Visual Perception. London: Routledge. An interesting account of visual perception, in particular Chapter 3 which covers visual optics and neurophysiology.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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