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Midterm Study Guide

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Psychology of Perception
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sensation, perception, fechner, thresholds, criterion, ROC, SineWaves, FourierAnalysis, neurotransmitter, CranialNerves, Electromagnetic spectrum, Light!, EyeAnatomy
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Date Created: 10/16/16
Midterm Study Guide Sensation: detection of signal; external signal  internal signal Perception: assigning meaning to detected signal Gustav Fechner - Father of psychophysics (science of defining quantitative relationships between physical & psychological events) - Panpsychism: all matter has consciousness - 2-point touch threshold: minimum distance two tactile stimuli can be distinguished - Absolute threshold: minimum stimulus detected 50% time - JND: just noticeable difference; smallest noticeable difference between two stimuli or the minimum change in a stimulus - 2 changes in sensation should be equal…. all JNDs must feel the same – incorrect - Fechner’s Law (logarithmic): S = k log I Weber’s Law (linear): DI = k I (does not fit all models) a Steven’s Law (power): DS = k I (appears to be accurate but not able to prove) Ways to determine threshold - Method of constant stimuli: lots of stimuli of varying ranges are presented in one sitting (long time, boring, tedious) - Method of limits: go from smallest  biggest stimuli, vice versa, back and forth - Method of adjustments: least reliable; subject manually determines threshold (quick) Magnitude estimation: participant assigns value (if that’s 1/10, then this is 3/10…) Cross modality matching: participant matches sensation intensity of one modality with the intensity of another (light vs bitterness) Psychophysical theory is used in Signal Detection… - To quantify observer’s response to presented signal in presence of noise Stimulus Present Stimulus Absent Response Present Hit False Alarm Response Absent Miss Correct Rejection Pr(Hit)+Pr(Miss)=1.00 Pr(FA)+Pr(CR)=1.00 Criterion: threshold at which a stimulus is detected - High criterion, conservative: less false alarms & hits; more correct rejections & misses - Unbiased criterion: at or near the intersection of two curves - Low criterion, liberal: more hits and false alarms; less correct rejections & misses Midterm Study Guide d’= how far apart distributions for stimulus present and absent are from each other - d’=0; useless, nearly on top of each other; hard to discriminate - d’=1; moderate sensitivity; relatively easy to discriminate - d’=≥3; high sensitivity; easy to discriminate ROC curves (receiver operating characteristic curves) - graph of hit rate as function of false alarm rate - d’=z(Hits)-z(False Alarms) - linear: useless, d’=1, no discrimination - as observer sensitivity increases, curve bows to upper left corner (100% hits, 0% false alarms) Sine wave - amplitude (how tall is peak) - frequency (# of periods per unit time, usually second) - phase (position of sine wave along axis: i.e. 0, 90, 180, 270, 360) In visual system, sine components Amplitude Frequency Low Low contrast, more even Blurrier, changes slowly, distribution of luminosity general/surfaces High High contrast, larger range Sharper, edges, changes of luminosity quickly Fourier Analysis aka frequency/spectral analysis - separates signal into component sine waves at different frequencies - all signals represented by sum of sinusoidal functions - all signals represented by 2 graphs (amplitude as function of frequency, phase as function of frequency) 360 degrees = 2π radians Signals are sent through neurons via action potentials (series of events that lead to a signal travelling along axon (Na+ depolarizes)) - axon, axon terminal (presynaptic), synaptic vesicles (pushed by Ca2+), synapse with dendrites Neurotransmitter: chemical substance used in neuronal communication at synapses - Glutamate: excitatory synapses all over the brain; used at most “modifiable” synapses (capable of increasing/decreasing in strength) o “modifiable” synapses are possibly main memory-storage elements - GABA: inhibitory synapses all over brain; sedative/tranquilizing drugs are GABA enhancers (glycine = inhibitory transmitter in spinal cord) - Acetylcholine: neuromuscular junction connecting motor nerves to muscles (curare, which causes paralysis, blocks transmission at these synapses) Midterm Study Guide - Dopamine: reward system; degeneration causes Parkinson’s Disease & schizophrenia - Serotonin: monoamine neurotransmitter; most produced & found in intestine, 90% (remained in CNS* neurons); appetite, sleep, memory and learning, temperature, mood, behavior, muscle contraction, and function of the cardiovascular system and endocrine system; possibly involved with depression - Substance P: undecapeptide responsible from pain transmission from certain sensory neurons to CNS* EEG (electroencephalography) - Weak signals (from electric fields imposed) are received by electrodes on skull by providing different signals & seeing patterns in + and – oscillations (+ voltage down, - up on EEG graphs) - Event-related potentials: averages of many trials timed with the stimulus (stimulus at t = 0), need at least 100 repetitions - Good temporal resolution & poor spatial resolution - Cheap MEG (magnoencephalography) - Good temporal resolution & better spatial resolution - Measures change in magnetic fields across neurons - Magnetic field formed in head by small magnetic field around the stimulated neurons - Expensive CT (computerized tomography) - X-rays create slices through volumes of material MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) - Show soft tissue, unlike CT - Atomic response to strong magnetic fields to form images of brain structures (magnetic dipoles release energy) - loud fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) - Measure localized areas in brain bc activated neurons = increased blood flow = measure changes in oxygenated & deoxygenated blood to strong magnetic fields - Blood oxygen level-dependent signal (BOLD) o Oxygenated: deoxygenated hemoglobin permits localization of brain neurons involved in task (need more oxygen to work) - Time consuming, must stay still - Good spatial but poor temporal resolution (bc averaging) - Stronger magnetic field = better spatial resolution PET (positron emission tomography) Midterm Study Guide - Define locations of high neural activity in brain via metabolism of brain cells (radioactive isotope) - Quiet Sensation matters which neurons are stimulated not how they are stimulated. Cranial nerves involved in vision: 1. Optic (I) nerve 2. Oculomotor (III) nerve 3. Trochlear (IV) nerve 4. Abducen (VI) nerve 5. What is light? - A wave - a stream of photons - tiny particles, one quantum of energy each - human eyes only sensitive to visible light, 430-770 nm - travels quickly (much faster than sound) Electromagnetic spectrum (e.g. infrared – warmth, radio waves – sound) - higher energy = higher frequency = shorter wavelength - lower energy = lower frequency = longer wavelength - Period (T) = wavelength (λ) - Frequency (F) is inversely proportional to wavelength/period o F = 1/T = 1/period = 1/λ = 1/wavelength Historically, how has light been measured/attempted to be measured? - Galileo: lit lanterns on two different hills – didn’t work, too short a distance - Ole Roemer: used Jupiter’s moon, Io, to measure how quickly moon’s light travelled to Jupiter from different distances What light can do as it interacts with objects - Absorbed: takes up energy – not transmitted - Scattered: disperses energy in irregular fashion - Reflected: redirects energy when it strikes a surface (sometimes back to origin) - Transmitted: passes energy on through a surface (neither reflected nor absorbed by surface) - Refracted: alters energy as it passes through another medium in which it has a different speed – changes its course (light through air then water seems “bent”) Pathway of light Cornea  Aqueous humor  pupil  lens  vitreous humor  retina  optic nerve  brain  occipital lobe Eye anatomy Midterm Study Guide - Cornea: transparent window to eye that refracts light; consists of highly ordered fibers, nerves endings and no blood vessels; delicate/rapid healing; responsible for tear production - Aqueous (water) humor: refracts light (change in medium); watery liquid in anterior chamber – provides nutrients for cornea & lens - Iris/pupil: pupillary light reflex (regulates amount of light entering eye); pupil is opening in center of iris - (Crystalline) Lens: changes shape to adapt focus - Vitreous humor: transparent liquid in vitreous chamber (80% volume); floaters - Retina: light sensitive membrane at back of eye with rods and cones; records image; entry point of visual system; light comes from back of eye (fundus) up through bipolar & ganglion cells to photoreceptors and eventually to optic nerve to go to brain o Rods: night vision; low lighting; no color processing o Cones: day vision; finer acuity; color processing; lots of light  Why have both? To be better suited to different environments (duplex retina in humans) Refraction: cornea and lens focus light rays Accommodation: lens changes shape to tune refraction (how much bend light ray) for the distance so that it is in focus - Ciliary muscles with strings, Zonules of Zinn, which are connected to the floating lens o For near images, muscle contracts & strings loosen so lens is thicker o For far images, muscle relaxes & strings are taut so lens is thinner - Diopter: unit of refractive power reciprocal to focal length (in m) o Diopter = 1/distance Emmetropia: no refractive error – rays converge at same point Myopia: nearsightedness; light is focused in front of retina; eye is too long so rays intersect (blurry images in distance) Hyperopia: farsightedness; light focused behind retina bc eye too short; different strength lenses to correct Astigmatism: unequal curving of one or more refractive surfaces in eye (usually cornea) causes visual defect Presbyopia: natural aging, muscle contracts still but lens is hard, which makes it harder for lens to change shape (close objects are suddenly blurry); first noticeable in dark area Cataracts: opacity of lens (irregularly packed crystallins) which absorbs & scatters light (less light  retina = blurry image); lens should be transparent (i.e. regularly packed crystallins); - Congenital cataracts: present at birth; affect visual development if not corrected Retinal cells Midterm Study Guide - Bipolar cells: contacts bipolar, ganglion, and other amacrine cells - Ganglion cells: photoreceptor info from 2 intermediate neurons, bipolar and amacrine cells - Horizontal cells: contacts photoreceptor and bipolar cells Photo activation - Biochemical cascade of events leading to glutamate concentration change for rods & cones (same process for both, just different photons  dif pigments) - Photon absorbed by visual pigment which changes shape - Na+ channels close & cell hyperpolarizes (more negative than surrounding potential) - Less glutamate released at synaptic terminal (graded potentials) when a photon is captured (less neuromotivators sent) o This means more activity in the dark - The following bipolar cell will become hyperpolarized/depolarized depending on its type Adjusting to light and dark… - pupil is bigger in dark so lens must work well for objects to be in focus - in the bright, the pupil is tiny so images are focused


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