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Written by one of the pioneers in visual perception, Seeing provides an overview of the basics of sight, from the anatomy of the eye, to optical illusions, to the way neural systems process visual signs. To help readers better appreciate the most-used of our five senses, Tom Cornsweet describes the early physical and physiological processes that occur in human vision in relation to the forces of evolution. He also includes answers to commonly asked questions about vision—including those that many of us ask during a visit to an eye doctor—to illustrate how the study of vision can provide a better understanding of one’s everyday relationship with sight.
is Professor Emeritus of Cognitive Sciences, Electrical Engineering, and Ophthalmology at the University of California, Irvine and Berkeley. He is an experimental psychologist, author, and inventor known for his pioneering work in visual perception, known as the Cornsweet Illusion
“One of the things I like about Cornsweet's writing is that I often felt I was on a sort of journey with him. In other words, rather than feeling that I was being 'lectured' to about the correct answers to questions, I felt that he was guiding me through the complexities and challenges of understanding vision.” --David Kreiner, Professor of Psychology, University of Central Missouri
“Cornsweet explains very complex concepts in a manner that is relatively easy to understand. He builds great analogies for the intricate processes of seeing!” --Laura Edelman, Professor of Psychology, Muhlenberg College