This festschrift, dedicated to Herschel W. Leibowitz, examines some of the most interesting research currently being conducted in the field of visual perception and performance. In the spirit of their colleague and mentor, the contributors describe research into issues that have important practical applications in fields such as traffic safety, industrial design, and public health issues.
The opening section reprints a classic paper by Leibowitz on the symbiosis between basic and applied research. Subsequent sections reflect on and extend his work in psychophysics. They include chapters on clinical applications, such as early detection of glaucoma; night myopia and its controversial link to the resting state of accommodation; new insights about visual illusions; the reasons we fail to perceive the hazards of night driving; and finally, perceptual applications to other disciplines. This volume should be of interest not only to psychologists who study perception, but also to readers from related disciplines such as medicine, public health, physics, and the history of science.