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Perception & psychology books

Depth Perception Through Motion
by Myron L. Braunstein, London: Academic Press, 1976
This book provides technical information on the motion perception mechanisms that influence depth perception in vision.

 

book imageHuman Perception of Objects
by David Reagan, Sunderland: Sinauer Assoc., 2000
This book definitely falls with the realm of science and as such is only of value if you're interested in deeply technical matters of visual perception. In that respect, it is solid, covering many issues regarding how we see and perceive objects as discrete forms. Reading it can serve practical in some respects, but if you're looking for a less technical read, try Colin Ware's Information Visualization instead.

 

book imageMind Hacks
Tom Stafford and Matt Webb editors, O'Reilly Press, 2004
This book provides an accessible and organized overview of cognitive and perception mechanisms. Each chapter explains a different mechanism and offers experiments for the reader to try in order to notice them firsthand.

 

Sensation & Perception
by Goldstein, E. Bruce, Pacific Grove: Brooks/Cole Publishing, 1989
Technical book detailing perceptual mechanisms. Very good.

 

book imageA Cognitive Psychology of Mass Communication
by Richard J. Harris, Hillsdale: Lawrence Erlbaum, 1994
A dry, academic read, but informative in understanding the drivers of mass media. Blends psychology, sociology and communication models to examine the role and function of mass media in society. In particular the work covers mass media's influence on social & cultural attitudes, with a heavy emphasis on the medium of television.

 

book imagePsychology of Language
by David W. Carroll, Belmont: Wadsworth, 1994
Dealing with psycholinguistics; how we acquire and process language, along with semantics of speech, language comprehension & memory. Useful language underpinnings if you feel a need to base your writing and speech on a more structured knowledge base.

 

book imageSpatial Behavior -A Geographic Perspective
by Reginald G. Golledge, Robert J. Stimson, New York: Guilford Press, 1997
A great book that addresses decision making, spatial cognition, cognitive mapping and cognitive maps. Lots of attention to how spatial form (whether real or conceptual) affects our behavior. Given the scope of the book, it's hard not to find something applicable to your work. You do have to dig a bit, however. This book is long (563 pages) and definitely not light reading. Some of the concepts are advanced and require deep thought to consider their implications.