Comprehensive Exam Reading List: Perception  


Current Committee Members

            Devin McAuley (chair), Taosheng Liu, Mark Becker



Below is a list of journals you should monitor for content relevant articles. While we will not ask a question solely on the content of recent articles, we may ask questions that ask you to apply what you know from the content of the reading list below to a current issue or hot topic of recent articles.

·         Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics

·         Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance

·         Visual Cognition

·         Perception

·         Journal of the Acoustical Society of America

·         Vision Research

·         Journal of Vision



Below are two reference books that may provide useful background that will help one understand the articles. 

·        Moore, B.C.J. (2003).  An introduction to the psychology of hearing.  Academic Press (5th Edition).

·        Goldstein, E.B. Sensation and Perception: Chapters 1-13.  7th or 8th editions.

·        Handel, S. (1989).  Listening: An introduction to the perception of auditory events. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.




1.      Gibson, J.J. (1979). The theory of information pickup and its consequences. In The ecological approach to visual perception (pp. 238-263). Boston, MA: Houghton Miflin Co.

2.      Cornsweet, T. (1970). The Experiment of Hecht, Schlaer, and Pirenne. In Visual Perception. New York, NY: Academic Press.

3.      Garner, W. R., & Morton, J. (1969). Perceptual independence: Definitions, models, and experimental paradigms. Psychological Bulletin, 72(4), 233-259.[PDF]

4.      Hirsh, I. J., & Sherrick, C. E. (1961).  Perceived order in different sense modalities. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62, 423 – 32. [PDF]

5.      Campbell, F.W., & Robson, J.G. (1968). Application of Fourier analysis to the visibility of gratings. Journal of Physiology, 197, 551-566.  [PDF]

6.      Marr, D. (1982).  Chapter 1. In Vision: A Computational Investigation into the Human Representation and Processing of Visual Information (pp. 8-38).


Early Vision - Receptive Fields, Feature Detectors and Maps


7.      Hubel, D.H., Wiesel, T.N. (1968). Receptive fields and functional architecture of monkey striate cortex. Journal of Physiology, 195, 215-243.[PDF]

8.      Blakemore, C., Campbell, F.W. (1969). On the existence of neurones in the human visual system selectively sensitive to the orientation and size of retinal images. Journal of Physiology, 203, 237-260.[PDF]

9.      Field, D.J. (1987). Relations between the statistics of natural images and the response properties of cortical cells. Journal of the Optical Society of America A, 4, 2379-2394.[PDF]

10.  Olshausen, B.A., Field, D.J. (1996). Emergence of simple-cell receptive field properties by learning a sparse code for natural images. Nature, 381, 607-609.[PDF]

11.  Leopold, D. A., & Logothetis, N. K. (1996).  Activity changes in early visual cortex reflect monkeys' percepts during binocular rivalry. Nature, 379, 549-553.[PDF]


Mid-Level Vision – Motion, Color, and Perceptual Features


12.  Britten, K.H., Newsome, W.T., Shadlen, M.N., Celebrini, S., & Movshon, J.A. (1996). A relationship between behavioral choice and the visual responses of neurons in macaque MT.  Visual Neuroscience, 13(1), 87-100.[PDF]

13.  Maunsell, J.H.R., & Van Essen, D.C. (1983).  Functional properties of neurons in middle temporal visual area of the macaque monkey. I. Selectivity for stimulus direction, speed, and orientation. Journal of Neurophysiology, 49(5), 1127-1147.[PDF]

14.  Britten, K.H., Shadlen, M.N., Newsome, W.T., & Movshon, J.A. (1992). The analysis of visual motion: a comparison of neuronal and psychophysical performance. Journal of Neuroscience, 12, 4745-4765.[PDF]

15.  Gegenfurtner, K. R., & Kiper, D. C. (2003). Color vision. Annual Review of Neuroscience, 26, 181-206.[PDF]

16.  Holway, A. F., & Boring, E. G. (1941). Determinants of apparent visual size with distance variant. American Journal of Psychology, 54, 21-37.[PDF]

17.  Livingstone, M., Hubel, D. (1988). Segregation of form, color, movement, and depth: anatomy, physiology, and perception. Science, 240, 740-749.[PDF]


Higher Level Vision

18.  Goodale, M.A., Milner, A.D. (1992). Separate visual pathways for perception and action. Trends in Neuroscience, 15, 20-25.[PDF]

19.  Mishkin, M., Ungerleider, L.G., Macko, K.A. (1983). Object vision and spatial vision: Two cortical pathways. . Trends in Neuroscience, 6, 414-417.[PDF]

20.  Yarbus (1967). Eye movements and vision. (B. Haigh, Trans.). New York, NY: Plenum Press. Chapter 6.

21.  Rayner, K., & Pollastek, A. (1992). Eye movements and scene perception. Canadian Journal of Psychology, 46(3), 342-376.[PDF]

22.  Johansson, G. (1973).  Visual perception of biological motion and a model for its analysis. Perception & Psychophysics, 14, 201-211.[PDF]

23.  Biederman, I. (1987). Recognition-by-components: a theory of human image understanding. Psychological Review, 94, 115-147.[PDF]

24.  Hollingworth, A. (2004). Constructing visual representations of natural scenes: The roles of short- and long-term visual memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 30(3), 519-537.[PDF]

25.  Rock, I., & Palmer, S. (1990).  The legacy of gestalt psychology.  Scientific American, 263, 84–90. [PDF]

26.  Treisman, A.M. (1998).  Feature binding, attention and object perception. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 353, 1205-1306.[PDF]

27.  Tarr, M.J., Bülthoff, H.H. (1998). Image-based object recognition in man, monkey and machine. Cognition, 67, 1-20.[PDF]

28.  Grill-Spector, K., Kourtzi, Z., & Kanwisher, N. (2001). The lateral occipital complex and its role in object recognition. Vision Research, 41, 1409-1422.[PDF]


Auditory Psychophysics and Physiology


29.  d'Cheveigné, A. (2005). Pitch Perception Models. In C. J. Plack, A. J. Oxenham, R. R. Fay, & A. N. Popper (Eds.), Pitch. Birkhäuser.

30.  Greenberg, G. Z., & Larkin, W. D. (1968). Frequency-response characteristic of auditory observers detecting signals of a single frequency in noise: The probe-signal method. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 44(6), 1513-1523.[PDF]

31.  Hirsh, I.J., & Watson, C.S. (1996). Auditory psychophysics and perception.  Annual Review of Psychology, 47, 461 – 484. [PDF]

32.  Jeffress, L.A. (1948).  A place theory of sound localization.  Journal of Comparative Physiological Psychology, 41, 35 – 39.[PDF]

33.  Rauschecker, J.P., & Tian, B. (2000).  Mechanisms and streams for processing of ‘what’ and ‘where’ in the auditory cortex.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 97, 11800 – 11806.[PDF]

34.  Spiegel, M. F., & Watson, C. S. (1981).  Factors in the discrimination of tonal patterns.  III. Frequency discrimination with components of well-learned patterns.  Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 69, 223 – 230. 9.   [PDF]


Auditory Scene Analysis


35.  Bregman, A. S., & Rudnicky, A. (1975).  Auditory segregation: Stream or streams?  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 1, 263 – 267.[PDF]

36.  Deutsch, D. (1980). The processing of structured and unstructured tone sequences. Perception & Psychophysics, 28, 381-389.[PDF]

37.  Darwin, C.J. (1997).  Auditory grouping.  Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 1, 327-333.[PDF]

38.  Griffiths, T.D., & Warren, J.D. (2004).  What is an auditory object?  Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 5, 886 – 892.[PDF]

39.  Jones, M. R., Kidd, G. R., & Wetzel, R. (1981). Evidence for rhythmic attention. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 7, 1059 – 1073.[PDF]

40.  Kubovy, M., & Valkenburg, D.V. (2001). Auditory and visual objects.  Cognition, 80, 97 – 126.[PDF]

41.  van Noorden, L. P. A. S. (1977).  Minimum differences of level and frequency for perceptual fission of tone sequences ABAB.  Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 61, 1041–1045. [PDF]


Music, Speech and Environmental Sounds


42.  Dewitt, L., & Samuel, A. G. (1990). The role of knowledge-based expectations in music perception: evidence from musical restoration.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 119, 123 – 144.[PDF]

43.  Dowling, W. J. (1973).  The perception of interleaved melodies.  Cognitive Psychology, 5, 322 – 377. [PDF]

44.  Levitin, D. J., & Rogers, S. E. (2005). Absolute pitch: Perception, coding, and controversies. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 9(1), 26-33.[PDF]

45.  Longuet-Higgins, J. (1976).  Perception of melodies.  Nature, 263, 646 – 653.[PDF]

46.  McAuley, J. D. (2010). Tempo and rhythm. In. M. R. Jones, R. R. Fay, & A. N. Popper (Eds.). Music Perception: Springer Handbook of Auditory Research, (pp. 165-199).  Springer Science.

47.  Peretz, I., & Zatorre, R. J. (2005). Brain organization for music processing. Annual Review of Psychology, 56, 89-114.[PDF]

48.  Remez, R.E., Rubin, P.E., Pisoni, D.B., & Carrell, T.D. (1981).  Speech perception without traditional speech cues.  Science, 212, 947 – 950. [PDF]

49.  Warren, W. H., Jr., & Verbrugge, R. R. (1984). Auditory perception of breaking and bouncing events: a case study in ecological acoustics. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 10(5), 704-12.[PDF]

50.  Zatorre, R. J., Belin, P., & Penhune, V. B. (2002). Structure and function of auditory cortex: Music and speech. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 6(1), 37-46. [PDF]