Victorian Sensation

The Extraordinary Publication, Reception, and Secret Authorship of Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation
Author: James A. Secord
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022615825X
Category: Science
Page: 624
View: 2135
Fiction or philosophy, profound knowledge or shocking heresy? When Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation was published anonymously in 1844, it sparked one of the greatest sensations of the Victorian era. More than a hundred thousand readers were spellbound by its startling vision—an account of the world that extended from the formation of the solar system to the spiritual destiny of humanity. As gripping as a popular novel, Vestiges combined all the current scientific theories in fields ranging from astronomy and geology to psychology and economics. The book was banned, it was damned, it was hailed as the gospel for a new age. This is where our own public controversies about evolution began. In a pioneering cultural history, James A. Secord uses the story of Vestiges to create a panoramic portrait of life in the early industrial era from the perspective of its readers. We join apprentices in a factory town as they debate the consequences of an evolutionary ancestry. We listen as Prince Albert reads aloud to Queen Victoria from a book that preachers denounced as blasphemy vomited from the mouth of Satan. And we watch as Charles Darwin turns its pages in the flea-ridden British Museum library, fearful for the fate of his own unpublished theory of evolution. Using secret letters, Secord reveals how Vestiges was written and how the anonymity of its author was maintained for forty years. He also takes us behind the scenes to a bustling world of publishers, printers, and booksellers to show how the furor over the book reflected the emerging industrial economy of print. Beautifully written and based on painstaking research, Victorian Sensation offers a new approach to literary history, the history of reading, and the history of science. Profusely illustrated and full of fascinating stories, it is the most comprehensive account of the making and reception of a book (other than the Bible) ever attempted. Winner of the 2002 Pfizer Award from the History of Science Society


Adventures in Sex, Love & Laughter
Author: Isabel Losada
Publisher: Watkins Media Limited
ISBN: 1786781093
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 276
View: 7913
Bestselling author Isabel Losada brings her unique blend of humour, curiosity and honesty to the still-taboo subject of sexuality. This is a brave, funny and often vulnerable quest to find out how we can make our sex life blissful. On behalf of all women, slightly terrified, she begins with a woman’s workshop where she has to get naked. From here, Isabel journeys through the first international conference of clitoral stroking, is informed of eleven different forms of orgasm - ten of which she hasn’t had, endures NHS Kegal exercises and mystical sensations with tantric masters. Irreverent yet open-minded, ‘Sensation’ is both moving and challenging. For anyone who has ever been tempted to dip their toes in the deep waters of sexual exploration, Isabel Losada plunges you straight in.

Sensation´s 3.0

Author: Samuel Vergara Ramos ,MRV Editor Independiente
Publisher: Samuel Vergara Ramos
ISBN: 1503190668
Page: 115
View: 4082
"En la vida hay momentos que subes y bajas,Y no queda otra, que recurrir a pedir ayuda, A algo como el Alma que sale del Corazón, Música y Poesía como fieles amigas en todo este tiempo de aprendizaje. Se gestan y nacen Sensaciones"

Behavioral Expressions and Biosocial Bases of Sensation Seeking

Author: Marvin Zuckerman
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521432009
Category: Medical
Page: 463
View: 2972
This book is concerned with a trait that describes variations in the need for novel and intense stimulation and its expression in risky kinds of behaviour.

Music, Sensation, and Sensuality

Author: Linda Phyllis Austern
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135689784
Category: Music
Page: 352
View: 4674
Divided into three sections, Linda Phyllis Austern collects eighteen, cross-disciplinary essays written by some of the most important names in the field to look at this stimulating topic. The first section focuses on the cultural and scientific ways in which music and the sense of hearing work directly on the mind and body. Part Two investigates how music works on the socially constructed, representational or sexualized body as a means of healing, beautifying and maintaining a balance between the mental and physical. Finally, the book explores the action of music as it is heard and sensed by wider social units, such as the body politic, mass communication, from print to sound recording, and broadcast technologies.


The New Science of Physical Intelligence
Author: Thalma Lobel
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451699131
Category: Psychology
Page: 256
View: 9154
Revealing how shocking susceptible we are to sensory input from the world around us, from colors and temperatures to heavy objects and tall people, a leading psychologist encourages us to evaluate these outside forces in order to make better decisions in our personal and professional lives.


Author: Nick Mamatas
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 1604865539
Category: Fiction
Page: 208
View: 1905
When Julia Hernandez leaves her husband, shoots a real estate developer, and then vanishes without a trace, she slips out of the world she knew and into the Simulacrum—a place where human history is both guided and thwarted by the conflict between a species of anarchist wasps and a collective of hyperintelligent spiders. When Julia's ex-husband Raymond spots her in a grocery store he doesn't usually patronize, he's soon drawn into an underworld of radical political gestures where Julia is the new media sensation of both this world and the Simulacrum. Told ultimately from the collective point of view of another species, this allegorical novel plays with the elements of the Simulacrum apparent in real life—media reports, business speak, blog entries, text messages, psychological-evaluation forms, and the lies lovers tell one another—and poses a fascinating idea that displaces human beings from the center of the universe and makes them simply the pawns of two warring species.

Sensation and Perception

Author: E. Goldstein
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 0495601497
Category: Psychology
Page: 496
View: 9752
E. Bruce Goldstein’s SENSATION AND PERCEPTION has helped a myriad of students understand the ties between how we sense the world and how the body interprets these senses. A key strength of this text has always been the ability to illustrate concepts through examples and visuals. Dr. Goldstein walks students through an intriguing journey of the senses with both clarity and thoroughness, combining his extensive classroom experience and the most innovative research to create a visual, colorful text unparalleled in the field. Complemented by nearly 500 illustrations and photographs, the Eighth Edition has been updated throughout to reflect the latest research, and sharpened to enhance readability based in part on feedback from 2,000 student users. The accompanying VIRTUAL LAB media exercises (available on CD-ROM or online) offer a wide array of animations and examples designed to stimulate understanding of difficult concepts. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.


Author: Jack O'Brien
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1493168649
Category: Science
Page: 36
View: 3993
Bearing in mind the current problems of mass murder, veteran suicide and female depression, all of which seem to suggest some kind of breakdown in the mental health of the individuals concerned, the purpose of this monograph is to explore the workings of the human sensory nervous system, and in particular the role of memory, which plays a crucial role in directing our actions.

Moulding the Female Body in Victorian Fairy Tales and Sensation Novels

Author: Dr Laurence Talairach-Vielmas
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1409489825
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 198
View: 4176
Laurence Talairach-Vielmas explores Victorian representations of femininity in narratives that depart from mainstream realism, from fairy tales by George MacDonald, Lewis Carroll, Christina Rossetti, Juliana Horatia Ewing, and Jean Ingelow, to sensation novels by Wilkie Collins, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Rhoda Broughton, and Charles Dickens. Feminine representation, Talairach-Vielmas argues, is actually presented in a hyper-realistic way in such anti-realistic genres as children's literature and sensation fiction. In fact, it is precisely the clash between fantasy and reality that enables the narratives to interrogate the real and re-create a new type of realism that exposes the normative constraints imposed to contain the female body. In her exploration of the female body and its representations, Talairach-Vielmas examines how Victorian fantasies and sensation novels deconstruct and reconstruct femininity; she focuses in particular on the links between the female characters and consumerism, and shows how these serve to illuminate the tensions underlying the representation of the Victorian ideal.

Sensation and Perception

Author: Mike May
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 1438119615
Category: Medical
Page: 120
View: 4190
Everything that we experience depends on sensing and perceiving. Specialized receptors for the five senses - hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting, and touching - capture information from chemical compounds, compressed air, electromagnetic waves, mechanical sensations, and more. From that information, our brain creates an impression of the world around us. Sensation and Perception focuses on how these systems work, from the mechanics of individual cells to the interactions of thousands of cells in the brain. This book also delves into how our sensory capabilities change with age or damage. Readers of this new title from the acclaimed Gray Matter series will learn to understand how sensation and perception prove crucial to interpreting our surroundings, enjoying them, and even surviving in them.


See, Hear, Touch, Taste, Smell
Author: Nepeti Nicanor
Publisher: Heinemann
ISBN: 9780435898526
Category: Senses and sensation
Page: 32
View: 4798
This book answers questions about the five senses of hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting and touching in both humans and animals.

Stevens' Handbook of Experimental Psychology, Sensation and Perception

Author: Steven Yantis
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons
ISBN: 0471207853
Category: Psychology
Page: 816
View: 6638
Now available in paperback. This revised and updated edition of the definitive resource for experimental psychology offers comprehensive coverage of the latest findings in the field, as well as the most recent contributions in methodology and the explosion of research in neuroscience. Volume One: Sensation and Perception focuses on sensory experience and complex learned perceptions through modalities such as vision, touch, smell, and hearing.

Wilkie Collins and Other Sensation Novelists

Walking the Moral Hospital
Author: Nicholas Rance
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
ISBN: 9780838634448
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 199
View: 9267
This work adopts a fresh approach by relating the vogue in the 1860s for sensation fiction to a specific phase of a crisis of faith in the bourgeois ideology of self-help. The demise of sensation fiction after a mere decade is then associated with a returned sense in the 1870s of the durability of the status quo, and the temporary revival of a moralism, which had seemed in a terminal condition in the 1860s.

The Measurement of Sensation

A Critique of Perceptual Psychophysics
Author: C. Wade Savage
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520015272
Category: Psychometrics
Page: 578
View: 6804

Victorian Sensation

Or the Spectacular, the Shocking and the Scandalous in Nineteenth-Century Britain
Author: Michael Diamond
Publisher: Anthem Press
ISBN: 9780857287380
Category: Social Science
Page: 336
View: 2319
'Victorian Sensation' sheds light on the Victorians' fascination with celebrity culture and their obsession with gruesome and explicit reportage of murders and sex scandals. With a vivid cast of characters, ranging from the serial poisoner William Palmer, to Charles Dickens, Jumbo the Elephant, distinguished politicians and even the Queen herself, this passionate analysis of the period reveals how the reporting methods of our own popular media have their origins in the Victorian press, and shows that sensation was as integral a part of society in the nineteenth century as it is today.

Signals, Sound, and Sensation

Author: William M. Hartmann
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781563962837
Category: Science
Page: 647
View: 4369
Designed to follow an introductory text on psychoacoustics, this book takes readers through the mathematics of signal processing from its beginnings in the Fourier transform to advanced topics in modulation, dispersion relations, minimum phase systems, sampled data, and nonlinear distortion. While organised like an introductory engineering text on signals, the examples and exercises come from research on the perception of sound. A unique feature of this book is its consistent application of the Fourier transform, which unifies topics as diverse as cochlear filtering and digital recording. More than 250 exercises are included, many of them devoted to practical research in perception, while others explore surprising auditory illusions generated by special signals. Periodic signals, aperiodic signals, and noise -- along with their linear and nonlinear transformations -- are covered in detail. More advanced mathematical topics are treated in the appendices. A working knowledge of elementary calculus is the only prerequisite. Indispensable for researchers and advanced students in the psychology of auditory perception.

Sensation and Perception

Author: Richard Langton Gregory,Andrew M. Colman
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Category: Psychology
Page: 135
View: 2280
Sensation and Perception focuses on those areas of Psychology which deal with the acquisition, processing and interpretation of information by the body's external and internal sense organs.Topics covered include: the fundamental processes of vision; modern computational theories of vision; the structure and function of the auditory system including the perception of loudness, pitch and tembre; the skin senses; the body senses; the chemical senses; the fundamental methods and findings of Psychophysics.

The Measurement of Sensation

Author: Donald Laming
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780191545665
Category: Psychology
Page: 276
View: 2809
The publication in 1957 of S.S. Stevens' famous paper, On the psychophysical law, ignited a controversy which has continued ever since relating to people's subjective judgements of physical reality. Why is it that the perception of sensation can diverge so sharply from the magnitude of the stimulus? How should sensation be measured? Donald Laming brings together a diversity of ideas and a wealth of experimental evidence, and provides a challenging new perspective on the question which has fragmented the research community for nearly 40 years.

From Sensation to Society

Representations of Marriage in the Fiction of Mary Elizabeth Braddon, 1862-1866
Author: Natalie Schroeder,Ronald A. Schroeder
Publisher: University of Delaware Press
ISBN: 9780874139440
Category: History
Page: 290
View: 6174
From Sensation to Society tracks the evolution of Mary Elizabeth Braddon's critique of Victorian marriage in the early phase of her long and prolific novel-writing career. The study begins with Braddon's two famous sensational novels, Lady Audley's Secret (1862) and Aurora Floyd (1863); it ends with her first novel of "society," The Lady's Mile (1865). In the novels of this period, Braddon proved herself to be a relentless critic of the patriarchal powers and privileges that determined the conditions of marriage for women. As she depicted in the lurid excesses of sensationalism, at its worst marriage for women amounted to a sentence of cruel and unjust imprisonment in a world of insanely distorted values. Subsequent novels rigorously dissect the contradictions in the Victorian ideal of middle-class marriage and dramatize how the conditions of marriage undermine marital happiness and result in the compromise of marital fidelity. An advocate of moderate reform, Braddon offers alternative models of marriage in which companionate harmony prevails. Natalie Schroeder and Ronald A. Schroeder are Professors in the English department at the University of Mississippi.