Originally published in 1981, Workshops in Perception is designed to enable students to devise their own experiments in sensory processes or perception. The thirty workshops include over a hundred different possible student projects covering the full range of the senses and interactions among them. The topics range from simple perimetry to the perception of language and social situations. In addition to more traditional topics such as illusions, adaptation and after-effects, they include lifespan perceptual development, musical illusions, and even a consumer-oriented study of road atlases. Each of the ten major sections has a general introduction to the topic with suggestions for reading. Each workshop has a more specific introduction to its topic, and an experiment outlined. A typical outline will suggest more independent variables than a student can handle, and it is up to the student to select the variables he considers important and to choose the appropriate levels of the variables. Although many suggestions are made regarding the actual running of each workshop, deciding precisely how to carry out the experiment is left up to the student. Pilot work and consultation with the tutor is encouraged. Suggestions for the form of the analysis are made, but again the details are left to the student. Several alternatives to the main workshop are outlined briefly, and these are suited to the more adventurous or advanced student. Thus the book is suited to students with a wide range of ability.
Preface. Introduction to the Workshops. Seeing 1. Peripheral Colour Vision 2. The Pulfrich Stereophenomenon 3. Searching for Names on Maps. Hearing 4. Musical Illusions 5. The Verbal Transformation Effect 6. Human Echo Perception. Tasting and Smelling 7. Human Olfactory Communication 8. Odour-Taste Interactions 9. Tastes of Sub-adapting Concentrations. Skin and Body Senses 10. The Effect of Feedback on the Two-point Touch Threshold 11. Touch After-effects Contingent on Orientation 12. Bodily Perception of the Vertical. Interacting Modalities 13. Visual Dominance 14. The Size-Weight Illusion 15. The Role of Vision in Auditory Localisation. Constancy and Illusion 16. The Horizontal-Vertical Illusion in the Great Outdoors 17. The Microgenesis of Illusions 18. Constancy and Illusory Judgments of Motion. Adaptation and After-Effects 19. The McCollough Effect 20. Motion After-effects and Interocular Transfer 21. Visual After-images. Perceptual Development 22. The Visual Cliff 23. Auditory-Visual Coordination 24. Lifespan Development of Perception. Perception of Language 25. Perceptual Span in Reading 26. Listening to Compressed Speech 27. Speechreading. Social Perception 28. Cross-modality Scaling of Money 29. Perception of ‘Mental illness’ 30. Gender-of-Gait Perception.