The term ‘visual perception’ covers a very wide range of psychological functions. This title, originally published in 1970, which provides a broad survey of this vast field of knowledge, would have proved a valuable general account for students taking degree courses in psychology at the time. Professor Vernon examines a large number of experiments carried out over the previous twenty years, their findings, the conclusions drawn from them, and – equally important – the still unanswered questions which some of them raised.
As the title suggests, Professor Vernon considers that – while much knowledge of the simpler perceptual processes had been gained in laboratory experiments – perhaps too little investigation had been undertaken into the more complex processes which normally determine understanding of and response to environment: the processes of identification and classification that depend to a considerable extent on learning, memory, attention, reasoning and language. An extensive bibliography is provided.
Acknowledgements. Foreword. 1. Introduction 2. The Origin and Development of Visual Perception in Infancy 3. The Perception of Form 4. The Perception of Complex Material 5.The Arousal and Direction of Attention 6. The Restriction and Failure of Attention 7. The Spatial Framework and Perception of Distance 8. The Constancies 9. The Perception of Movement 10. The Perception of Persons 11. The Effect of Motivation on Perception 12. The Effect on Perception of Personality Characteristics 13. Conclusions. References. Index of Authors. Index of Subjects.