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Psychology Notes Week 4

by: Ryan Henry

Psychology Notes Week 4 PSY 1113

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Psychology Notes Week 4
Elements of Psychology
Jenel Cavazos
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Date Created: 02/09/16
Psychology Notes Week 4  Sensation and perceptions:  ● Sensation: the activation of sense organs ba a stimulus (light waves, sounds waves, skin  pressure)  ○ Like the room is 72 degrees  ● Perceptions: the interpretation, analysis, and integration of stimuli (assign meaning)  ○ Like the room feels hot to some and cold to others    Sensation and perception do not necessarily cause one another.    Perception without sensation:  ● Synesthesia: the production of a sense impression relating to one sense or part of the  body by stimulation of another sense or part of the body.  ○ “Bro, I can smell colours and taste smells”  ● Phantom limb: the sensation that an amputated or missing limb(even an organ, like the  appendix) is still attached to the body and is moving appropriately with other body parts.  Top down and bottom up:  ● Top­down processing: using an understanding of the big picture to reason about the  individual pieces (when you’re good at something)  ● Bottom­up processing: using individual pieces of information to make sense of the “big  picture” (when you’re not good at something)  Absolute threshold:  ● The smallest thing you can observe (like the quietest noise we can hear, or the dimmest  light we can see and how far away)  Difference Threshold:  ● smallest level of change in a stimulus that can be detected  ● Weber’s Law: the just noticeable difference is a constant proportion of the intensity of the  initial stimulus  Subliminal perception:  ● The detection of information below the level of conscious awareness  ● Subliminal presentation can have an effect (small, subtle)  Selective Attention:  ● focusing on a specific aspect of experiences while ignoring others  ○ Cocktail party effect: ability to focus on one voice among many  ○ Or focusing on particular stimuli (such as own name or “special words” like sex)  ● Change Blindness: failure to detect changes in the environment (gorilla in the  background video) 


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