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6. Colour

6. Colour  

Michael Land

in The Eye: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2014
Published Online: 
May 2014
eISBN: 
9780191779961
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199680306.003.0006
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780199680306
‘Colour’ explains that colour is a construct of the brain, based on information supplied by the eyes. Objects in the world reflect different wavelengths of light to different extents, and ... More
8. When vision fails

8. When vision fails  

Michael Land

in The Eye: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2014
Published Online: 
May 2014
eISBN: 
9780191779961
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199680306.003.0008
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780199680306
Failing eyesight takes many forms, from age-related conditions that reduce acuity or field of view, to complete blindness resulting from accident or disease, and in the worst case to ... More
1. What is perception?

1. What is perception?  

Brian Rogers

in Perception: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2017
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Oct 2017
eISBN: 
9780191833410
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198791003.003.0001
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chapter
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9780198791003
The word ‘perception’ can be used in two different ways. It can refer to our experience of seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and smelling objects and individuals around us. It can also ... More
3. Lightness and colour

3. Lightness and colour  

Brian Rogers

in Perception: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2017
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Oct 2017
eISBN: 
9780191833410
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198791003.003.0003
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chapter
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9780198791003
‘Lightness and colour’ considers visual perception and attempts to identify some of the characteristics of the patterns of light reaching our eyes that might contribute to the information ... More
2. Revelation

2. Revelation  

Richard Lyman Bushman

in Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2008
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365562
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195310306.003.0002
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9780195310306
‘Revelation’ contends that, though Smith's First Vision came out of a widespread culture of visions, the translation of the Book of Mormon was without parallel. How Smith wrote the book is ... More
4. A grand illusion

4. A grand illusion  

Susan Blackmore

in Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Sep 2017
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Oct 2017
eISBN: 
9780191836206
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198794738.003.0004
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chapter
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9780198794738
Is consciousness an illusion? If so, it isn’t that consciousness doesn’t exist, but that it isn’t what it seems. ‘A grand illusion’ considers change and inattentional blindness, challenging ... More
The Eye: A Very Short Introduction

The Eye: A Very Short Introduction  

Michael F. Land

Print Publication Year: 
May 2014
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May 2014
eISBN: 
9780191779961
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199680306.001.0001
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book
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9780199680306
The eye is one of the most remarkable achievements of evolution. In humans, vision is the most important sense, and much of the brain is given over to the processing of visual information. ... More
9. Language and the brain

9. Language and the brain  

P. H. Matthews

in Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775321
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10.1093/actrade/9780192801487.003.0009
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9780192801487
‘Language and the brain’ points out that, though we know how the sound of speech is generated, we do not know how our brains determine the production of specific combinations of words. Nor ... More
6. Confessions

6. Confessions  

Henry Chadwick

in Augustine: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2001
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776762
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192854520.003.0006
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chapter
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9780192854520
Augustine was consecrated as coadjustor bishop of Hippo, not without controversy. The combination of his Manichee past and his extreme cleverness meant that he was distrusted. ‘Confessions’ ... More
10. Primates

10. Primates  

T. S. Kemp

in Mammals: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2017
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Sep 2017
eISBN: 
9780191821172
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198766940.003.0010
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9780198766940
‘Primates’ considers how a group of small, rather insignificant, tree-dwelling mammals living 60 mya eventually evolved the highest level of expression of the mammalian characteristic of ... More
9. Flying mammals

9. Flying mammals  

T. S. Kemp

in Mammals: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2017
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Sep 2017
eISBN: 
9780191821172
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198766940.003.0009
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9780198766940
Being able to fly opens up a whole new range of habits and lifestyles. A flyer can seek food from the tops of trees and airborne insects. It can avoid ground-based predators and rear its ... More
1. Zola and the art of fiction

1. Zola and the art of fiction  

Brian Nelson

in Émile Zola: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2020
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Jul 2020
eISBN: 
9780191874208
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198837565.003.0002
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780198837565
‘Zola and the art of fiction’ argues that how Zola wanted to align his work with contemporary scientific discourse, which saw human behaviour as determined by heredity and environment. ... More

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