Jacques Ninio

The Print of the Senses

Jacques Ninio is an emeritus research fellow of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and a member of the Laboratory for Statistical Physics of the Ecole Normale Supérieure. Parallel to his work on evolution and molecular recognition, he has developed a highly original approach to human memory and perception.

Scientific research has completely transformed our understanding of perception. We tend to oppose our “impressions” (data gathered by our senses) to such “higher activities” as language, memory and reasoning. Rejecting this traditional opposition, Jacques Ninio reveals “perceptive reason”.
Writing in a highly accessible style, and backed by numerous examples and illustrations, he offers an original analysis of the latest research, at the crossroads of biology and psychology.

• How does the human brain construct its perception of the world? What does reality actually look like?
• This is a completely revised new edition of a very successful work (with sales of more than 20,000 copies).