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Sensation and Perception, 10th Edition

  • E. Bruce Goldstein
  • James R. Brockmole
  • ISBN-10: 130558029X
  • ISBN-13: 9781305580299
  • 496 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2014, 2010, 2007
  • COPYRIGHT: 2017 Published
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About the Product

E. Bruce Goldstein's SENSATION AND PERCEPTION has helped a myriad of students understand perceptual research and how the results of this research relate to everyday experience. A key strength of this text has always been its ability to illustrate concepts through examples and visuals. Dr. Goldstein and new co-author Dr. James Brockmole take students on an intriguing journey through the senses with both clarity and thoroughness, combining their extensive classroom experience and the most innovative research to create a visual, colorful text. MindTap, the digital learning solution available with the text, features an updated Exploration feature that enhances students grasp of concepts by enabling them to view experimental stimuli, perceptual demonstrations, and short film clips about the research being discussed.


  • "Demonstrations" provide perceptual experiences that illustrate principles discussed in the text. The demonstrations are simple enough so that students can easily comprehend them; they are also integrated into the flow of the narrative so that they become part of the ongoing story. Topics include finding faces in a landscape, perceiving size at a distance, and "tasting" with and without the nose.

  • "Methods" sections, which are integrated into the ongoing discussion, emphasize the importance of methods and show how some of the facts presented in the book were obtained. Topics include preferential looking, neural mind reading, habituation, and color matching, among many others.

  • "Something to Consider," the last section of every chapter, discusses a particularly interesting new finding, wraps up an intriguing topic discussed in the chapter, or highlights a practical application of a chapter topic. Topics include distracted driving (Chapter 6), connections between hearing and vision (Chapter 12), and the Proust effect (Chapter 15).

  • The "Developmental Dimension" feature, which was introduced in the ninth edition and has proven to be popular, has been slightly expanded in this edition. This feature, which appears at the end of chapters, focuses on perception in infants and young children.

  • "Test Yourself" questions in the middle and at the end of each chapter allow students to test their understanding of the material just read.

  • Chapter-ending "Think About It" questions take students beyond the chapter material and ask them to apply what they have learned.

About the Author

E. Bruce Goldstein

E. BRUCE GOLDSTEIN is an Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Arizona. He received the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Pittsburgh for his classroom teaching and textbook writing. He received his bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University and his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Brown University. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Biology Department at Harvard University before joining the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Goldstein has published papers on a wide variety of topics, including retinal and cortical physiology, visual attention and the perception of pictures. He is the author of SENSATION AND PERCEPTION, 10th Edition (Cengage, 2017), and the editor of the BLACKWELL HANDBOOK OF PERCEPTION (Blackwell, 2001) and the two-volume SAGE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PERCEPTION (Sage, 2010).

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Perception.
2. The Beginnings of the Perceptual Process.
3. Neural Processing
4. Cortical Organization.
5. Perceiving Objects and Scenes.
6. Visual Attention.
7. Taking Action.
8. Perceiving Motion.
9. Perceiving Color.
10. Perceiving Depth and Size.
11. Hearing I: Basic Processes and Pitch Perception.
12. Hearing II: Localization and Organization.
13. Speech Perception.
14. The Cutaneous Senses.
15. The Chemical Senses.
Appendix A: Methods of Adjustment and Constant Stimuli.
Appendix B: The Difference Threshold.
Appendix C: Magnitude Estimation and The Power Function.
Appendix D: The Signal Detection Approach.

New to this edition

  • The time-tested features from previous editions -- including "Demonstrations" that illustrate principles, "Methods" sections, and "Developmental Dimension" segments -- have been carried over into this edition.
  • The Exploration feature in MindTap -- the digital learning experience available with the text -- enables students to view experimental stimuli, perceptual demonstrations, and short film clips about the research being discussed. These features have been updated in this edition, and new items have been added to the labs carried over from the ninth edition. Most of the items have been generously provided by researchers in vision, hearing, and perceptual development.
  • This edition has been updated throughout with discussions of cutting edge research in the field. Especially noteworthy are a revised and more "student friendly" first chapter, and an expanded treatment of basic auditory mechanisms and music perception. The text also includes approximately 85 new full-color figures.
  • Dr. James R. Brockmole, University of Notre Dame, joins Bruce Goldstein as co-author of this edition. His research focuses on the representation of visual information in the mind and brain, the allocation and control of visual attention, and the many interactions between perception, memory, and action.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1305871308 | ISBN-13: 9781305871304)

The manual includes learning objectives, key terms, a detailed chapter outline, a chapter summary, lesson plans, discussion topics, student activities, "What If" scenarios, media tools, a sample syllabus, and an expanded test bank. The learning objectives are correlated with the discussion topics, student activities, and media tools. Each chapter's test bank contains questions in multiple-choice, true false, completion, essay, and critical thinking formats, with a full answer key. The test bank is coded to the learning objectives that appear in the main text, and includes the section in the main text where the answers can be found. The manual is available for download on the password-protected website and can also be obtained by e-mail upon request.

Online PowerPoint®  (ISBN-10: 1305968468 | ISBN-13: 9781305968462)

These vibrant Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides for each chapter assist you with your lecture by providing concept coverage using images, figures, and tables directly from the textbook.

Cengage Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305872126 | ISBN-13: 9781305872127)

Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to: import, edit, and manipulate content from the text's test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.

MindTap Psychology, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Goldstein/Brockmole's Sensation and Perception  (ISBN-10: 1305865243 | ISBN-13: 9781305865242)

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Student Supplements

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