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Psych 101: Chapter 4 Notes

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Introductory Psychology
Beth A. Gallihue
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Date Created: 09/29/16
Ch.4 Sensation and Perception Sensation­  the process of detecting physical energies like  tastes, smells, and sights, from the environment Transduction­  the process of transforming chemical energy to  electrochemical energy *Turning Sensation into Perception Perception­  the brain’s process of organizing and interpreting  sensory information and giving it meaning *Allows you to know what you’re tasting, or what you’re seeing. Bottom­Up Processing ­ initiated by sensory input *Outside world’s influence on perception, uses stimuli’s  appearance, structure and patterns Top­Down Processing ­ initiated by cognitive processing *Mental world’s influence on perception, uses expectations and  prior understandings Factors that Affect Perception Attention : focusing awareness on a narrowed aspect of the  environment *You can give your full attention to more than one thing at a  time Selective Attention : putting your focus on a specific aspect,  while ignoring others  Determined by our motives  Cocktail Party Effect­ when you’re talking to someone at a  party you only hear they’re conversation, while blocking  out all the other noise  Stroop Effect­ interference in the reaction time of a task  GREEN YELLOW RED ORANGE BLUE It’s harder to say the word because your brain first tries to  say the color of the font. Sensory Adaptation:  change in the responsiveness of the  sensory system, when your senses get used to their surroundings  Based on the average level of surrounding stimulation Ex: ­After being in a room a long time you will no longer  hear the air condition running.  ­After being in a pool a certain amount of time the water will  no longer feel cold.  ­You cannot smell the scent of your own house unless you’ve  been gone for a really long time. Synesthesia:  when one sense induces an experience in another  sense Ex: seeing music or tasting color, Kanye West’s song “Flashing Lights”, Remy tasting colors and music in “Ratatouille” Phantom Limb Pain:  people have had limbs removed, but still  feel the pain of it being there Visual System­  Energy is electromagnetic in the form of light waves. Cornea: outside cover, protects the eye Cones and Sclera: white part of the eye Rods Pupil: opening that let’s light in Lens: focuses the light on the retina Iris: colored part of the eye Retina: light sensitive surface that houses the light receptors Rods: in charge of light Cones: in charge of color Optic Nerve: transmits electrical impulse from retina to brain Pathway of visual information­ left visual field is  processed in the right visual cortex, and the right visual  field is processed in the left visual cortex Color Blindness­  one or more cones are in operative  Astigmatism­  misshapen cornea or lens Figure­ground Relationship­ relating to the perception of  images by the distinction of objects from a background from  which they appear to stand out *Appear different to different people Structure of the Ear­ Energy is mechanical in the form of sound waves. Outer Ear­   Pinna: localization of sound   Ear Canal Middle Ear­  Ear Drum: vibrates in response to soundwaves  3 bones: Hammer, Anvil, and Stirrup Inner Ear­  Cochlea: where transduction occurs  Basilar Membrane: in charge of balance Pathway­ Cochlea        Auditory Nerve       Brain Stem       Temporal Lope Most information crosses to opposite hemisphere then it is  received, similar to the occipital pathway.   Sense of Touch: Skin Pathway­  Touch Receptors       Spinal Cord       Thalamus        Somatosensory Cortex of the Parietal Lobe Two Parts of Touch­ Temperature:  thermoreceptors for warm and cold Simultaneous warm and cold is perceived as hot Pressure Pain: our sense of danger Fast and Slow pain pathways   Acute Pain­ Thalamus Treatment: analgesics  Chronic Pain­ Limbic System Treatment: distraction, focused breathing, counter stimulation Chemical Senses­ Taste: ­receptors on the tongue called papillae ­sweet, sour, bitter, and salty Smell (Olfactory Sense):  Olfactory epithelium­a specialized epithelial tissue inside  the nasal cavity that is involved in smell  Limbic system (memory and emotion), this is why we form “smell memories” Ex: You might have been on the swim team all your life so the smell of chlorine makes you feel tired. Other Senses: Kinesthetic  Movement, posture, orientation  Muscle fibers and joints “muscle memory”


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