Basics: neuroscience and psychophysics

This first chapter is a mixture of two kinds of background: an introduction to psychophysical methods, which are the tools that psychologists use to quantify perceptual behaviors, and a review of neuroscience principles, such as action potentials and the distinction between the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. The fact that this introductory chapter is a blend of background from two fields is a good analogy for the entire book: our study of Sensation and Perception will rest in equal parts on methods for understanding human behavior and methods for understanding neural networks.

 

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