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background image Week #5: Can We Trust Our Perception (Part 3)  Perception­ basic information that is taken in by the brain and presented to you  We Know that Perception is Limited  We do not perceive everything (overwhelming and fairly useless)  Our brain create shortcuts­ use surrounding info to give us a useful picture of our 
environment can sometimes lead to  
 USeful for navigation of the world   Deeper problem: What if we do not perceive the world accurately because we only 
perceive the things we want to see? 
Desires and ideals could influence what you saw  Do People see the World Differently Because They Want to?  Lower Level: Basic identification and categorization (light photons hit your retina 
and taking it in) 
Higher levels­ Ideals that you have most control over (thoughts, ideals, desires, 
aspects of our judgement)­ Fed into by the lower level processes  
Can our beliefs, thoughts, and desires, emotional states actually change the way 
that we perceive the world? 
■ Acquire information from the world and is presented to you consciously  Answer #1: Everyone has access to all of these lower level processes; Basic 
Perception is “Protected” Against These Influences 
■ Lower level processes are modular­  Answer #2: No Even basic PErception is infused with our desires, thoughts, 
beliefs, thoughts 
■ We build our beliefs based off what we know already/ have been  introduced to   ■ No such things as “pure perception” 
■ People actually perceive the same stimulus in a completely different 
manner, depending on their values   Fodor, “Modularity and the Mind”­ RElativism: Knock humans off the idea of 
universal truth through our basic senses  
Well, Which is it? Do we all see the same color? Research on Linguistic Relativism  Linguistic relativism: the words in your language constrains your thoughts at a 
basic level (Sapir­Whorf hypothesis) 
Answer: Because these words are only things that they have in their vocabularies, 
everyone can not see the same colors because distinguishing color would be 
completely different 
What Do we Know?   Linguistic color categories shape a great deal pf color cognition  Memory, learning, discrimination 

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School: Cornell University
Department: Psychology
Course: Introduction to Psychology
Professor: D Pizarro
Term: Fall 2016
Tags: Psychology and perception
Name: Week 5 Monday Notes
Description: These notes are about perception, the theories behind it and the answers and experiments to those questions. The styudy guide will be up soon, a long with chapter notes
Uploaded: 09/19/2016
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