Perception and Representation: Current Issues

Perception and Representation: Current Issues

Perception and Representation: Current Issues

Perception and Representation: Current Issues


This book provides an up-to-date, in-depth treatment of the major issues, theories and findings in perception and representation. It introduces a cross-section of different research methods and the reader is encouraged, by means of activities and self-assessment questions, to become an active participant in cognitive psychology. In particular, the student is introduced to conceptual categorization, object recognition and face recognition by working through actual problems and so is able to test and develop theoretical frameworks by 'hands-on' experience. The first edition of this book established itself as an accessible, contemporary introduction to this area. This second edition has been extensively rewritten to take account of the latest research, including developments in neuropsychology and computer modelling.

Perception and Representation, Part I, discusses the nature of the conceptual categories which serve to organize our knowledge of the world into manageable chunks. Part II moves on to consider how we actually see and recognize objects. The third and final part examines the specific issues surrounding the perception and recognition of faces.

Reviews of the first edition:

'Perception and Representation is extremely well-designed. The sections of each main part are clearly and logically related, the book contains many helpful summaries, 'self-assessment questions' and a final 'Overview' section. The writing is lively and clear, requiring no specialist background in Psychology.'
Arts Education Review of Books

'... the interlacing of computational and psychological research provided is refreshing and up-to-date.' British Journal of Psychology


Within the Open Guides to Psychology series, Perception and Representation is one of a companion set of four books, the others being Language Understanding, Memory and Problem Solving. Together these form the main texts of the Open University third level course in Cognitive Psychology, but each of the four volumes can be read independently. The course is designed for second or third year students. It is presented in the style and format that the Open University has found to be uniquely effective in making the material intelligible and interesting.

The books provide an up-to-date and in-depth treatment of the major issues, theories and findings in cognitive psychology. They are designed to introduce a representative selection of different research methods, and the reader is encouraged, by means of Activities and Self-assessment Questions interpolated throughout the text, to become involved in cognitive psychology as an active participant.

The authors gratefully acknowledge the many helpful comments and suggestions of fellow members of the course team and of the external assessor Michael W. Eysenck on earlier drafts and the valuable assistance of Pat Vasiliou and Lynda Preston in typing the manuscript. Thanks are also due to Chris Wooldridge for his tireless work in editing the manuscript.

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