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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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2011 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2011 The Great Courses

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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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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.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • 02-26-15

Worth it -- great material, explained well.

Would you listen to Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception again? Why?

Yes. The subject is fascinating.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception?

These courses can be hit or miss. A lot depends on the organization of the lectures and the ability of he professor to find the right balance so it's not so detailed that it becomes impossible and not so high-level that it's useless. This one strikes the right balance.

What about Professor Peter M. Vishton’s performance did you like?

He lays the foundation he needs early and then builds on it in an organized way.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Very Informative

I was a newbie to this subject, I found it very interesting and inforamtive.
I will never view the Fedex logo the same. Understanding how the human brain works is very cool.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Broaden your horizons on perception.

Perception fundamentals explained in minute detail. I got interested in neuropsychology when I watched a TED video by Ramachandran. I wanted to know if the brain was so plastic can a different sense compensate for the lost one, now I got my answer and much more. I am really glad I listened to this lecture.

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Very good

Nice voice
I really recommend this book.
You will learn a lot.
You will enjoy it .

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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see the world differently

Would you listen to Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception again? Why?

Professor Peter Vishton helps you see the world around with better understanding.<br/><br/><br/><br/>

What does Professor Peter M. Vishton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Professor Vishton is the kind of Professor that makes the information come a live!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

As an engineer of over 40 years of design time in electronics display he help me see things better.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Quite exciting and informative

The professor breaks down complex biological/scientific concepts into easy to understand language. He does a great job of keeping the wonder and amazement in the complexity of our own senses in what could have been a dry lecture. For anyone the least interested in the owners manual for the sensing and perceptual systems that we use to form our world, this is a well-done listen.

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Great book for inquisitive minds

The professor manages to keep you focused on the subject, without going so much in to details that you get bored and just want to move on. This great course is a must for those who want to know more about how the human senses work.

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Wow, what a bargain!

What made the experience of listening to Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception the most enjoyable?

The authors enthusiasm is contagious, the lectures are clear and interesting.<br/>There is a lot of information, but it is broken down into sections making it all quite accessable.<br/>

Who was your favorite character and why?

I find the bits on illusions most fascinating

Have you listened to any of Professor Peter M. Vishton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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  • George
  • 12-20-16

A good insight of what creates our insights

This course provided a lot of information that one can use in everyday life. I gained a better understanding of how my brain uses its senses to understand the environment.