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PSYC 2010 Chapter 5 (Exam 2)

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PSYC 2010 Chapter 5 (Exam 2) PSYC 2010

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Chapter 5: Sensation and Perception Exam 2 Notes taken on: Monday September 19, 2016 Wednesday September 21, 2016 Concepts: - Hearing -Vision -Taste -Smell -Perception -Sensation
Introduction to Psychology
Lucia Lazarowski
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Date Created: 09/23/16
Chapter 5: Sensation and Perception 9/19/16 10:01 AM • Sensation ○ Detection of physical energy and transmission to the brain ○ Activated by physical properties ○ Early processing ○ Physical sensory imput • How does the brain process sensations? ○ Transduction § Sensory input from external world is transformed into neural impulses § Occurs in all senses □ Sensory Receptors ○ Absolute Threshold § Minimum intensity needed to detect a sensation 50% of the time □ Example: 1 teaspoon of sugar in 2 gallons of water § Varies by species □ Example: Dogs have a greater sense of smell than humans ○ Sensory Adaptation § Decrease in sensitivity to constant levels of stimulation □ We are more sensitive to changes in the environment ® Example: jumping in freezing water and then eventually the water feeling warm ® Example: moving to a house near a train station and at first always hearing the horn blare, then forgetting it's there □ Is there a sense in which this does not happen? ® Yes, vision. ◊ Vision is an important sense and if we were desensitized, it would be dangerous. Our eyes are constantly to prevent • Perception The interpretation of those sensory signals ○ ○ After sensation ○ Mental representation ○ Subjective ○ Color Constan § The explanation of the "blue & black/ white & gold dress debate" ○ We can have sensations without perceiving § Example- subliminal messages ○ Two types of processing § Bottom-Up Processing □ Features build up to a complete perception ® Example: the picture of dots you eventually perceive as a dog § Top-Down Processing □ Pre-existing knowledge or expectations shape the interpretation ® Example: having already seen the dot picture so you already knew it was supposed to be a dog. □ Experience and expectation strongly influence perception ® Example: Muller -Lyon illusion ○ Organized Perception § Gestalt Psychology □ The whole is greater than the sum of it's parts ® Top-Down Processing □ Proximity We tend to group things together that are close together ® □ Similarity ® We view things that are together as similar looking □ Closure ® Principle of tending to see complete close shape in things that aren't connected □ Continuity Our brains like to see continuous movements instead of breaking them up ® § Faces □ We have a bias in seeing faces ® Example: seeing a smiley face in inanimate objects § Depth □ Cues from our eyes to avoid running into things and seeing things with more texture, ect. ® Example: the bigger an object appears, we perceive it closer to us. § Size • Vision ○ Our most important sense ○ Stimulus § Light waves ○ Retina § Contains sensory receptors that transduce light into neural signals □ Rods Responsible for black and white vision ® ® Low-light vision □ Cones ® Color vision ® Bright-light vision ◊ Example: colorful snow cone ○ Sensation is determined by light's: § Wavelength □ Determines how long waves are □ Determines color § Amplitude □ How tall the wave is □ Brightness ® Lower amplitude lower light ® Higher amplitude brighter light ○ Color Blindness § Faulty cones □ Red, Green and Yellow cones are how we see all colors □ If you're color blind one of the three doesn’t function properly § Dogs □ See mostly blues and yellows § Birds □ See more colors than we know exist + ultraviolet spectrum □ 4 cones § Mantis Shrimp □ 16 cones ○ Afterimages § Cones tire out and opposite color takes over □ Example: Jesus image Blind sight ○ § Perception without sensation • Hearing ○ Not as important as vision, but part of communication ○ Stimulus § Sound waves □ Produced by changes in air pressure ® Vibrate eardrum ◊ Pressure in inner ear's fluid } Neurons fire and send signal to brain ○ Sensation is determined by sound's: § Wavelength □ Frequency ® Waves that are happening in a period of time ◊ Longer the wavelength the longer the frequency Shorter the wavelength the shorter the frequency ◊ ® Pitch □ Amplitude ® Loudness ◊ Lower amplitude softer Higher amplitude louder ◊ ○ Locating sound § Vestibular Sense □ Maintains balance ○ Sensation vs. Perception § Audio illusions □ Example: Distorted computer sentence makes no sense until you hear the real sentence ® Top-Down Processing □ Example: McGurk effect □ Example: Tritone Paradox □ Example: Shepard Tone Illusion • Taste ○ Stimulus § Food molecules ○ Sensation § Contact wit aste buds □ Sensory organs containing receptors for taste ® Rejuvenate ◊ Taste buds grow back every few weeks ® Desensitize ◊ We lose half of our taste buds by age 20 ® Supertasters ◊ Have more taste buds than the normal person ◊ More sensitive ◊ Can taste more aspects of flavors ○ Basic Tastes § Every taste experience is composed of a mixtureof 5 basic qualities □ Sweet □ Salty □ Sour □ Bitter □ Umami ® Savory, brothy, similar to soy sauce § Influenced by □ Smell and taste are highly connected ® Example: ◊ If you're sick and can't smell, you probably can't taste □ Texture ® Example ◊ People don't like certain foods based on texture and not on taste } Oysters have a weird slimy texture □ Temperature ® Example: ◊ You're more likely to want a cold beer □ Culture ® Example: ◊ If you grew up in a Hispanic family, you might like spicier foods □ Expectations/Labeling ® Example: ◊ Thinking you're drinking water but the bottle isn’t see through and it's milk so you're disgusted □ Your Mom ® What your mother eats while in the womb is transferred to you ◊ Example: } Your mom hating tomatoes could make you hate them too • Smell ○ Stimulus § Molecules ○ Sensation § Contact with receptors in nose Only sensation that is not sent to the thalamus ○ § Olfactory Bulb § Memories and emotions ○ Pheromones § Signals our body gives off that you can't physically smell □ Can signify mating □ Example: ® Women can smell sweaty t -shirts of men and determine how attractive they are • Touch ○ Stimuli § Temperature § Pressure □ We can't tickle ourselves because we are designed to respond to the touch of other's more. § Pain □ Distraction and positive mood can reduce pain ® Example: ◊ Piercer talking to you while getting a piercing } Fear, anxiety and stress can increase pain ○ Snow World § Veteran with severe burns watch virtual reality game □ Plays Paul Simon music and involves snow and ice to distract from the pain of wound cleaning


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