Maintaining the strong pedagogy, abundant student-friendly examples, and engaging conversational style of the previous editions, the sixth edition of this introductory textbook makes technical scientific information accessible to those who are beginning to specialize in cognitive psychology. Sensation and Perception, Sixth Edition is newly available in a more affordable paperback version, making it ideal for undergraduate students.

In this new edition Bates has built on Foley and Matlin’s core text to add updates focusing on multisensory integration, neural plasticity, and cognitive neuroscience, as well as real-world examples and practical applications of psychological phenomena. The sixth edition retains the clear organization of previous versions, covering a wide range of core topics, from skin senses such as touch to chemical senses such as taste and smell, to our complex visual and auditory sensory systems.

This book is essential reading for undergraduates and postgraduates studying courses on sensation and perception.

chapter Chapter 1|14 pages


chapter Chapter 2|28 pages

Research Methods

chapter Chapter 3|39 pages

The Visual System

chapter Chapter 4|33 pages

Basic Visual Functions

chapter Chapter 5|34 pages

Visual Pattern Perception

chapter 6|41 pages

Distance and Size Perception

chapter 7|29 pages


chapter 8|21 pages


chapter 9|27 pages

The Auditory System

chapter 10|29 pages

Basic Auditory Functions

chapter 11|30 pages

Auditory Pattern Perception

chapter Chapter 12|29 pages

The Skin Senses

chapter Chapter 13|25 pages

The Chemical Senses

Taste and Smell

chapter Chapter 14|23 pages

Perceptual Development