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Psychology Chapter 3 Notes

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Notes over Chapter 3: Sensation and Perception
General Psychology
Lindsay DeVicchio
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Date Created: 09/16/16
Chapter 3: Sensation and Perception Sensation: Activating the sense organs through a physical energy source Perception: Sorting out, interpretation, analysis, and integration of stimuli Stimulus: Response in a sense organ produced by energy Psychophysics: Study of the relationship between physical stimuli and psychological experience of the stimuli Thresholds Absolute threshold: Smallest intensity of stimulus that must be present to be detected Noise: Background stimulation; interferes with stimuli Difference threshold: Smallest level of added or reduced stimulation Weber’s law: Difference that is just noticeable is a constant proportion of the intensity of initial stimulus Sensory Adaptation Adaptation: Sensory capacity adjustment after prolonged exposure to unchanging stimuli Structure of the Eye  Cornea  Pupil  Light passes through pupil and enters lens Accommodation: Lens focusing light by changing its thickness  Retina o Rods o Cones  Processing visual images takes place in visual cortex of the brain Feature detection: Neurons activated by visual stimuli having specific features Color Vision and Color Blindness Trichromatic theory of color vision: three kinds of cones in the retina which respond primarily to specific wavelength ranges Opponent-process theory of color vision: Receptor cells are linked in pairs and work opposite to each other Sensing Sound Sound: Air molecule movement brought about by source of vibration Eardrum: Part of ear, vibrates when sound waves hit it Inner ear: Changes the sound vibrations into form transmittable to the brain Place theory of hearing: Different areas of basilar membrane respond to different frequencies Frequency theory of hearing: Entire basilar membrane vibrates in response to a sound Semicircular canals: Three inner ear structures containing fluid that sloshes when the head moves, signaling rotational or angular movement Smell  Sparked when molecules of a substance enters the nasal passages o Olfactory cells are the receptor neurons of the nose o Pheromones are chemicals secreted into the environment that produce reactions in members of the same species Taste Gustation: Sense of taste Skin Senses  Touch, pressure, temperature, and pain Gate-control theory of pain: Certain nerve receptors in the spinal cord lead to specific brain areas related to pain Sensory Interaction Synesthesia: Exposure to one sensation, evoking an additional one Multimodal perceptions: Brain collects info from individual sensory systems Processing Top-down processing: Perception guided by higher-level knowledge, experience, expectations, and motivations Bottom-up processing: Progression of recognizing and processing info from individual components of stimuli, moving to perception as a whole Depth Perception – ability to view three dimensions and perceive distance Binocular disparity: Difference between images seen with either eye (helps determine distance) Monocular cues: Permit obtaining a sense of depth and distance with one eye - Motion parallax - Relative size - Texture gradient - Linear perspective Motion Perception Apparent movement: Perception of a stationary object moving Perceptual Illusions Visual illusions: Physical stimuli that consistently produce perception errors Subliminal Perception - Perception of messages we have no awareness of - Aka “priming” - Ex: written word, sound, smell


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