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Illusions of Seeing

Exploring the World of Visual Perception

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  • Ah-ha effects with explanations, as well as understanding of one's own seeing

  • An adventure guide through the psychology of perception, presented in an understandable format

  • Exciting and humorous explanations "directly at the illusion"

  • The only book that presents illusions in detail, and explains the causes of them in both a well-founded and exciting way

  • Attractive and richly illustrated in four colors

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Fourth Journey: Ambiguous Perception

    • Thomas Ditzinger
    Pages 67-94
  3. The Sixth Journey: Spatial Vision

    • Thomas Ditzinger
    Pages 143-199
  4. Seventh Journey: Movements are Life

    • Thomas Ditzinger
    Pages 201-227
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 261-274

About this book

Why do we need two eyes? Why are all cats grey at night and appear to move faster the day? Why is the sky blue and the setting sun red? This book explains the multifaceted nature of perception, and discusses the mysteries of vision. It provides readers with experiments to help them discover optical illusions and the features of their own perception. Illusions of Seeing begins with a discussion on the essence of light and its perception to the human eye. It presents a comprehensive overview of the basic laws of human perception as well as the fundamentals of good gestalt. Subsequent chapters discuss geometric-optical illusions; the perception of form, brightness, and translucency and their interaction with each other; ambiguous perception, color vision, spatial vision. The book ends with a discussion of the perception of motion and its interaction with color, form, and spatial depth with a full chapter devoted to illusions in our everyday life. Consider this your travel guide in the marvelous world of sight, to experience a completely individual way to understand and improve your own perception.

Illusions of Seeing will be of interest to psychologists, physicists, biologists, and undergraduate and graduate students within the field of cognitive psychology.

Keywords

  • Optical Illusions
  • Illusions of Seeing
  • Gestalt Theory
  • Laws of Seeing
  • Motion Perception
  • 3D Vision
  • Ambiguous Figures
  • Color Perception
  • Vision
  • Perception

Authors and Affiliations

  • Reichartshausen, Germany

    Thomas Ditzinger

About the author

Thomas Ditzinger is a science author and an applied-science editor with the SpringerNature publishing house in Heidelberg, Germany. He studied theoretical physics at the University of Stuttgart, where he also did his doctorate and has modelled various perceptual phenomena such as the recognition of ambiguous patterns and the perception of spatial depth. During research sojourns at the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, Boca Raton, Florida, at the Institute of Theoretical Physics of the University of Stuttgart and at the Hochschule der Medien (University of Media) in Stuttgart he produced over 30 publications on human perception. He has written ten popular science books, including Fantastic Images 1 and 2, both of which topped the bestseller list in Germany. Thomas Ditzinger lives in Reichartshausen on the edge of the Odenwald Forest and has four children.

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eBook
USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-63635-7
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
This title has not yet been released. You will be able to pre-order it soon.
Hardcover Book
USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)