July 1961

Visual Space Perception

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By William H. Ittelson, Ph.D., Price, $6.00. Pp. 212. Springer Publishing Company, Inc., 44 E. 23d St., New York 10, 1960.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1961;5(1):104-106. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1961.01710130106015

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In this book, the author, Professor of Psychology at Brooklyn College, presents "a systematic statement of an approach to perception" which has grown out of the work initiated by Adelbert Ames in the field of visual space perception. The book is divided into three sections. First, a theoretical statement of the functional or "transactional" approach to perception is presented. Second, the empirical basis for the theory is detailed, derived almost exclusively from the research of the author and other students of Ames on visual space cues. And third, an unsystematic foray is made into some special topics in vision, perceptual lag, conflicts, and person perception, topics which are illustrative of the theoretical position in a more peripheral way. In general, the title of the book should be taken to represent but an illustrative part of the substance of the text.

The reader familiar with the writings of Ames

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