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These notes cover the intro to Sensation and Perception, Parts of the Eye, and Color Theory for Vision.
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Date Created: 10/04/16
Cydney Tinsley Psychology Sensation and Perception Sensation and Perception 1. Absolute Threshold: Lowest stimulus needed to detect a difference (at least 50% of the time). 2. Just Noticeable Difference: The smallest change in an existing stimulus needed to detect a difference. 3. Webber’s Law: Based on starting stimulus. Determines how much change is needed before you notice a difference. It’s a ratio. The stronger the starting stimulus, the bigger the change needs to be. 4. Signal Detection Theory: Signal-to-noise ratio. The theory that says it’s easier to pay attention to a signal when it’s quieter. 5. Selective Attention: Your ability to choose which stimulus you want to pay attention to/focus on. 6. Filter Theory: The theory that says that we are constantly taking in everything, but choose which stimuli to pay attention to through Selective Attention. 7. Cocktail Party Effect: The idea that if your brain thinks a different stimulus is more important, it can switch your focus without your meaning to. Supports Filter Theory. 8. Inattentional Blindness: When you don’t notice something that changes because you’re not looking for it/paying attention to it. 9. Change Blindness: When you’re blind to changes in your environment because they aren’t important to you. Vision 1. When it comes to color, we care about: a. Hue: What color is it? b. Saturation: How pure is it? c. Lightness: How much light is there? 2. Parts of the Eye: a. Cornea: Outer layer of the eye, whose job it is to focus/direct light. Rigid and doesn’t change shape easily. b. Pupil: Hole in iris that lets light in and determines how much light to let in. c. Iris: Color part of your eye. A muscle. Determines how much light gets in through the pupil. d. Lens: Focuses light into retina. Flexible and can change easily (adaptation). Overtime, your lens can lose its adaptability and can’t adjust as easily. e. Retina: Back of eye. Layer of light-sensitive cells (responds to light) Point of transduction (when your stimulus gets turned into a signal for your brain) for vision. f. Fovea: Point of central focus. High density of cones (color vision). Responsible for ‘day vision’. g. Blind Spot: Place where vision is inexistent due to blocking by the optic nerve. h. Rods: Black and white vision. Low resolution vision but really good at detecting movement. Cydney Tinsley Psychology Sensation and Perception i. Cones: Color vision. High resolution. Not as good at detecting movement. Issues with Cornea: 1. Myopia (Near-Sighted): When cornea curves more than it should. 2. Hyperopia (Far-Sighted): When the cornea is flatter than it should be. Theories of Color Vision 1. Trichromatic Theory of Color Vision: Theory that there are three different cones that detect different colors. Issue: Can’t explain some phenomenon. 2. Opponent Process Theory: Theory that says there are multiple different colored cones and determines which cones to turn on and off and by how much. Explains after-images. Disproves tricolor theory.


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