Visual perceptions are generated empirically by past experience with the frequency of occurrence of stimuli and do not correspond to the physical features of the world…
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Lectures on the biology of speech and music given in May 2014 at UCM/UCSD summer school on Language, Music and Cognition. Watch Here

A MOOC (free online open enrollment course) on VISUAL PERCEPTION AND THE BRAIN taught by Dale Purves and sponsored by Coursera will go live on September 8, 2014 and is now open for enrollment here.

Sackler Colloquium Lecture, January 2014
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Dale Purves Interviewed on, Episode 8
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"Current Topics in Neuroscience" given at Johns Hopkins on December 5, 2013.
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Redwood Center
Given to the Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience at UC Berkeley.
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Neuroscience, 5th Edition
Neuroscience, 5th Edition  Read more here...

Principles of Cognitive Neuroscience, 2nd Edition, available in November, 2012
Cognitive Neuroscience 2nd Ed

Why We See What We Do Redux
A Wholly Empirical Theory of Vision
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Brains: How They Seem to Work
Pearson/Financial Times Press
Brains"Dale Purves' Brains is my favorite sort of reading—an engaging and intelligent scientific autobiography full of vivid personal and historical accounts; the story not only of a life but of an intellectual pursuit. Purves has a unique voice, lively, outspoken, and very human—and his love of science comes through on every page."
--Oliver Sacks
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Making Sense of Sensory Information
Davidson Films has released a film in which Dale Purves explores the challenges of explaining visual perception. For more information, visit Davidson Films.

The Scientist Magazine Award

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The Purves lab website has been voted the "Best of the Web" by the editors of The Scientist magazine! You can read more about it here.

Discover Magazine
Discover Magazine judged the recent work from the lab on music as one of the top 100 "Discoveries of the Year". For more information, visit Discover Magazine - 100 Top Science Stories of 2007: January 2008.

Out of print Books

Several Purves books that have recently gone out of print are now available as downloads for those who may be interested in the material covered.


See For Yourself
See For Yourself
Explore how the research in the Purves Lab seeks to explain why we see and hear what we do. Several new demos have been added to the See For Yourself section of the website.


Learn about other books, media accounts of work in the lab, images available for downloads and more.


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Principles of Cognitive Neuroscience, 2nd Ed
Why We See
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