These four volumes, originally published between 1973 and 1988, were intended to provide a broad survey of cognitive neuroscience, a field known variously as physiological psychology or psychobiology in the 1970s and 1980s when the books were written.
The general goal was to summarize what was known about the relation between brain and mind at that time, with an emphasis on sensory and perceptual topics. Out of print for many years, the tetralogy is now available again, as a set for the first time (which is as the author envisaged it), or as individual volumes.
William R. Uttal is currently Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Michigan and Professor Emeritus of Engineering at the Arizona State University. Uttal has been a prolific author whose output includes 30 books and 140 scientific articles.
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Volumes in The Uttal Tetralogy of Cognitive Neuroscience (click on a title below to see more information on an individual volume):
The Psychobiology of Sensory Coding
Originally published in 1973, this book deals with what were, even at that time, the well-known neural coding processes of the sensory transmission processes.
The Psychobiology of Mind
Originally published in 1978, this book develops a conceptual synthesis of the field of physiological psychology, the science specifically concerned with the relationship between the brain and the mind.
A Taxonomy of Visual Processes
Originally published in 1981, this volume deals with the empirical data base and the theories concerning visual perception – the set of mental responses to photic stimulation of the eyes.
On Seeing Forms
This book deals with the visual perception of form, culminating in a critical consideraton of modern theories of form perception.