Sensation and Perception

From Cells to Awareness (First Edition)
Edited by Ashleigh Maxcey
©2019, 600 pages

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    Sensation and Perception: From Cells to Awareness is an anthology comprised of classic and contemporary peer-reviewed journal articles related to sensation and perception, with special emphasis on vision, as it is well-researched and the most dominant of the five senses. The collection provides students with valuable instruction on how to read journal articles, comprehension questions to guide them through each article, and application questions to challenge their knowledge.

    With the goal of helping students understand how science is conducted and reported, Sensation and Perception contains full-length articles rather than excerpts, so students can effectively study them in full and learn from the content and structure of each article. Students read research pertaining to mapping cortical receptive fields, statistical learning, color vision, action and perception, the auditory system, and more.

    Novel in approach and immensely valuable to students who need experience reading, analyzing, and applying research for various programs or professions, this anthology is well suited for courses in sensation and perception, visual systems, and cognitive research methods.

    Ashleigh Maxcey, Ph.D., is a visiting associate professor in the Department of Psychology at The Ohio State University, currently with a summer appointment at Vanderbilt University. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Iowa with a specialization in cognition and perception. Dr. Maxcey’s current research examines how human memory functions. Visit her website at
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    “The methods described in this book taught me strategies for reading and critically thinking about articles that helped me score in the 100th percentile on the MCAT. Success on the MCAT requires you to interpret complicated passages and apply the information you have studied to come to the correct answer. The methods in this book helped me practice this skill, significantly improving my MCAT score.”
    Samantha Stallkamp, Neuroscience Major, The Ohio State University, Class of 2019

    “Ashleigh Maxcey has created a gem of a resource for instructors who teach an undergraduate perception course. The books provides an innovative, reader-friendly anthology comprising seminal papers selected for their engaging message, and their potential for dissection and critique. Topic areas cover the range one expects in a perception course, and state-of-the-art methods are highlighted in the various chapters. The rationale for the text is simple: students can learn most effectively when engaged in critical reading and analysis of actual research reports. Sensation and Perception: From Cells to Awareness could be used as a stand-alone platform for an entire course (as mentioned, the coverage is broad) or it could serve as a supplement to other more conventional reading assignments. Whichever you select, be prepared to discover that students rave about the novel approach.”
    Randolph Blake, Ph.D.
    Centennial Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology
    Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
    Vanderbilt University

    “Written in a clear and accessible style, [this text] explains how to actively engage and evaluate published scientific research and apply laboratory findings to the real world using cutting-edge example articles from the field of Sensation and Perception. Helpful reading comprehension, analytic, and application questions at the end of each article provide a useful guide for developing critical- and independent-thinking skills and becoming an effective consumer of modern scientific research.”
    Rob Reinhart, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences
    Boston University

    “This book provides students and professors with useful tools and advice for working through empirical articles. The addition of a “marked up” article is a helpful example for teaching students how to work through an article. Students reading this anthology will be exposed to a variety of articles on topics related to the field while working on developing their critical thinking skills.”
    Kristine A. Kovack-Lesh, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Psychology
    Ripon College

    “The academic textbook marketplace is flooded with books on how to conduct research in the psychological sciences. But not so many with an explicit focus on how to effectively read and comprehend journal articles. With this manuscript, Dr. Maxcey has addressed a large hole in the academic psych literature, providing valuable insider information about how journal articles are produced and introducing some cool tools and tips students can use to enhance their comprehension (“Ditch the highlighter!”). While the book is geared towards undergraduates, it could also be useful for early-stage graduate students.”
    David Johnson, Ph.D.
    Department of Behavioral Sciences
    Assistant Professor
    York College, CUNY