Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception : The Great Courses: Biology

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Peter M. Vishton
  • Series: The Great Courses: Biology
  • 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Your senses aren't just a part of you-they define you. Nothing you experience would be possible without the intricate power of your senses. But how much about them do you really know?
Your ability to sense and perceive the world around you is so richly detailed and accurate as to be miraculous. No tool in the entire universe of scientific exploration can come close to matching the ability of your brain to use information sensed by your eyes, ears, skin, tongue, and nose to produce a rich sensory experience in just milliseconds.
In recent years, neurobiologists and other scientists have uncovered new insights into how your senses work and the amazingly complex and fascinating things they can do. And now you can share in what they've discovered-through this intriguing series of 24 lectures from an award-winning teacher.
Knowing how your senses work and the ways they shape how you see, interact with, and understand your life will help you think more critically about everything you sense and perceive, strengthen your appreciation of the senses that make this possible, prepare you to be an active consumer of new scientific evidence on how our senses work, and much more.
With Professor Vishton as your guide, you'll. consider each of your senses from multiple perspectives:

Explore how your brain processes different sensory information
Consider how your senses work together and within the context of the environment around you
discover how your senses connect you to the world and other people.
Using both cutting-edge research and simple experiments, tests, and demonstrations to hone your understanding, he has created a world-class learning experience that will change the way you think about your senses.


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Another Absolutely Marvelous...

Great Courses lecture series! My graduate and post graduate degrees are in the Humanities, but I also have a minor degree in psychology with an accent on the physiological and perceptual aspects of consciousness, and I have continued my study in this latter area through the years. Thus, I can tell you that the material presented in Vishton's lecture series is scientifically accurate, presented clearly enough for the layman and is interesting enough for someone who has done much study in this field. I listened to Grim's lecture series on the Philosophy Of Mind (also in the Great Courses selections) before this one, and I highly recommend that they be taken together. Much of the material dovetails in a way to make both series much richer and more comprehensible.
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- Douglas

Easy to perceive at all levels...

I wasn't sure what to expect when I first started this series. I was a little worried it would be a little over my head since I had virtually no background in the field of human perception, but I was SO wrong. The speaker never once spoke down to me, but he still kept each lesson easy to understand and enjoyable. As a teacher myself, I really appreciate that! He used real-world examples, actual experiments, and gave experiments we could recreate at home to helps us understand how we process the world around us! I listened to several chapters back-to-back because it was enjoyable.
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- Caprisha

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses