Durham Professor wins psychology book prize
(28 October 2005)
Professor David Milner, department of Psychology, has been awarded the British Psychological Society’s book prize for his joint publication with Professor Mel Goodale, University of Western Ontario.
The book is about a young woman, whose accidental brain damage in 1988 caused a severe visual form agnosia, preventing her from recognising even simple shapes or drawings.
This led them to this hypothesis that the brain has two separate visual systems: one for conscious perception of the world and another, unconscious, system for controlling our movements. Professor Milner and Goodale use the example of the woman to guide readers through recent research on these two visual processing systems.
Since its publication, Sight Unseen, has been met with a number of positive reviews describing it as “one of the most fascinating and engaging accounts of visual experience” ever read.
Professor Milner has published six books and over 125 book chapters and refereed journal articles. He also serves on the editorial board of several international scholarly journals and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1992.
Source: The Psychologist, 1 October 2005