research in sensation and perception continues to identify interesting and
important perceptual phenomena that contribute to our understanding of sensory
system structure and function, the nature of perceptual processes, and the human
mind. The discovery of additional
cone photoreceptor types in the retina is one recent example of a contribution
to our fundamental understanding of the visual system. Studies of sensation and perception have also made important
contributions to applied fields such as human factors and neuropsychology.
In the case of human factors, research in sensation and perception helped
in the design of machines that better fit human capabilities.
In the case of neuropsychology, this research contributed to our
understanding of a variety of neuropathological disorders and has shown promise
as a tool for early identification. The
future research in sensation and perception will continue to involve studies of
fundamental sensory processes as well as complex perceptual mechanisms.
One future area of research that shows particular promise is the study of
integrated perceptual experiences such as VR.