LIVINGSTONE, MS: Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing

Livingstone, Margaret S. Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing. Harry N. Abrams, 2002. ISBN: 0810904063. Unmarked. Very Good in very good dust jacket. Hardcover. (#30980)

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Explains how the human vision works and demonstrates that the many answers to these and many other questions about art depend ultimately on the cells in our eyes and our brains. Foreword by David Hubel.

Further reading. 150 illustrations, including 108 charts and plates in full color. Epilogue: Talent, Music, and Learning Disabilities. Index. 207p.

CSIKSZENTMIHALYI, M: Optimal Experience: Psychological Studies of Flow in Consciousness

Optimal Experience: Psychological Studies of Flow in Consciousness, book coverCsikszentmihalyi, Mihaly and Isabella Selega (editors). Optimal Experience: Psychological Studies of Flow in Consciousness. Cambridge University Press, 1988. ISBN: 0521342880. Unmarked. Stamp on front end page reads withdrawn from The New York Public Library collection. Good. Hardcover. (#30002)

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A comprehensive survey of theoretical and empirical investigations of the “flow” experience, a desirable or optimal state of consciousness that enhances a person’s psychic state. 416p.

Topics include a theoretical model of optimal experience, varieties of flow experience, and the measurement of flow in everyday life.

Contributors include Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Isabella Selega Csikszentmihalyi, Fausto Massimini and Massimo Carli, Judith Lefevre, Jim MacBeth, and others.

WOLLHEIM, R: Art and its Objects

Wollheim, Richard. Art and its Objects. Cambridge University Press, 1980. ISBN: 0521297060. Unmarked text. Sun fading at spine. Corner crease on front cover. Good. Paperback. (#28130)

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Second edition, with six supplementary essays. 270p. Bibliography.

Richard Wollheim (1923-2003) was a British philosopher noted for original work on mind and emotions, especially as related to the visual arts, specifically, painting.

Wollheim served as the president of the British Society of Aesthetics from 1992 onwards until his death in 2003.