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Peer Review

A web book, The Joy of Visual Perception

by Peter Kaiser


Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 4.5 stars
Reviewed: Mar 26, 2004 by Psychology
Overview: The Joy of Visual Perception is a book on vision, but as the author notes, it is
?..not a book in the traditional sense. First of all, the obvious. It is
software, presented on the World Wide Web. Secondly, the book depends a great
deal more on figures and graphical representation of ideas and concepts than do
most books.? This "text" blends the strengths of the Internet with the strengths
of the author?s knowledge of, and passion for the sometimes
complex area of visual perception. Viewed as frames, there is a comprehensive
index of concepts and topics linked to an interactive and compelling array of
images, graphs and activities covering issues ranging from neurolophysiology to
motion perception.
Type of Material: Text, graphics, animations, and online activities/demonstrations are used to
engage the learner.
Recommended Uses: An instructor might refer students to the site for further explanation of
aspects of visual perception.
Technical Requirements: A current browser is required as there may be technical activities with older
versions of some browsers.
Identify Major Learning Goals: The goal of this web book is to help the learner understand the principles and
concepts of visual perception through the use of activities and demonstrations.
Target Student Population: The material contained on this website is appropriate for advanced high school
and all college level students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: No prior knowledge or abilities beyond a high school reading level are required
or assumed.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The text is well written, the graphics and animations are well executed, the
website is logically arranged and easy to navigate. The content is error free
and up-to-date. The topics covered are diverse and likely to spark student

Concerns: Some pages take time to load and the navigation could be more streamlined.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This site makes good use of internet features: the links are well placed and
appropriate, it is easy to follow the course of each section, the learner is
engaged and active. The site would useful to anyone teaching about the details
of visual perception.

Concerns: None.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: The site is well designed and easy to navigate. No plugins were required.
Concerns: None.

Other Issues and Comments: This is a valuable resource!