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Perception Week Six Notes

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Psychology of Perception
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VisualSystem, Photoreceptors, rods, cones, Opsin, pigments, accommodation, refraction, Emmetropia, myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, presbyopia, Cataracts, retina, Fundus
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Date Created: 10/13/16
9 The retina Refraction: - necessary to focus light rays - accomplished by cornea and lens Accommodation: - process in which lens changes shape, altering its refractive power - Distance from object determines how much we need to bend ray of light for it to come into focus Emmetropia: - happy condition of no refractive error (contacts/glasses if you don't do that naturally) - Rays are converging at same point (cornea is working with lens & refractory index to bend the rays of light to the right amount) - This doesn't happen for most of us o Most of us are myopic today (esp. Asia)  The system is not refracting right - the eye is too large, the rays intersect and make vision blurry/blob  nearsighted  Refraction doesn't work correctly because eye is too long o During childhood, most people are hyperopia  The eye is too short, so the rays of light coming from single point far away are bent not enough to converge on surface of retina  farsighted  Image is out of focus  For some reason, our eyes continue to grow through childhood and grow until we are myopic  With hyperopia, we can use different strength lenses to correct  With contacts/glasses, our refraction is corrected To correct vision with surgery, change curvature of cornea Astigmatism - refractory power isn't uniform across all possible orientations How does lens contract and relax? - Ciliary muscle has strings, Zonules of Zinn, the lens is floating there attached by strings o when relaxed, strings are tense and lens is thin (when not using ciliary muscle) o When you want to focus on objects close by, contract muscles, release strings, and lens springs into thicker bulb (bends light smaller) Diopter: - unit of refractive power that is equal to reciprocal of focal length (in meters) of a given lens (e.g. to focus image of object at 0.5 m you need 2 diopters) - Diopter = 1/distance = 1/0.5 = 2 diopters - Diopter tells you how powerful lens is in bending light; bigger number = more bending What’s Presbyopia? - During the natural aging process, the muscle still contracts but the lens gets hard - A hard lens = harder for the muscles to change lens shape - This means that close objects are no longer focused clearly on retina o Ex. Why dad has to hold menus at arm’s lengthLose elasticity? Why does this happen? - Bc of how it grows? - No one knows! Camera analogy for the eye  F-stop: iris/pupil - regulates amount of light coming into eye  Focus - lens - changes shape to change focus  Film - retina - records image  Camera only records image, visual system also interprets scene! Where will first notice accommodation isn’t working well? - In a dimly light place (i.e. a restaurant) - When it is dark, the pupil is open more so the lens must work well for images to be in focus - When it is bright, the pupil is really small, so everything is in focus (don’t need the lens to adjust) What is another common problem of lens? - becoming opaque (i.e. cataracts) Why is this a problem? - Lens is transparent because crystallins are packed very regularly - Cataracts opacities in lens caused by irregularity in crystallins o Opacities absorb and scatter light, so less light reaches retina, resulting in blurry images - Congenital cataracts are present at birth and severely affect visual development Famous Painting: Impression, soleil levant (1872)  Claude Monet  This painting of his gave name to impressionism  Visual system of humans - how light is perceived by us  When he was younger, he painted colorful, happy pics  When older, he did much darker, muted pics  Suffered from terrible cataracts - his color perception was badly altered With ophthalmoscope see back of eye we can see…  Fundus (back of eye) o Photoreceptors (tubules that catch light)  Bright circle: blind spot - all fibers from neurons come together and bring away info - optic nerve  dark region: fovea - highest acuity  Capillaries  Regions that behave very differently Retina  Entry point of visual system  We don't know a lot on how it works  General structure o Built opposite of what you would expect o Light comes from fundus and goes through layers of neurons before reaching receptors (counter-intuitive, damn evolution)  Light going from inside eye towards outside  Need to be close to pigment epithelium = provides nutrients  All these neurons are transparent and thus do not affect image quality  Have blood vessels - where they are, there is no image o From receptors to bipolar cells to ganglion cells (vertical pathway bringing info from retina) o Bipolar cells connected to amacrine and ganglion cells o Ganglion cells have axons that leave o There are vertical and horizontal cells  Summary: Light comes from bottom up through all neurons to photoreceptors, and send to bipolar to ganglion to bundle of fibers that form blind spot and info leaves eyes! 2 types of photoreceptors: cells in retina that initially transduce light energy into neural signals  Rods - night vision - work best in low lighting - no color processing  Cones: - daylight vision - finer acuity - color - work best with lots of light Why do we have two? - because they allow us to function in difference environments (dark, bright, etc) o Duplex retina in humans o Others don’t have that (owls - just night, chameleons - just day) - Rods & cones have special molecules containing a protein, opsin, that changes shape when struck by photon Photon – smallest unit of light Capturing a photon: when light hits eye, process of photo activation begins  Photon has right energy (wavelength) and opsin changes structure to receive photon Rods & Cones Structure  3 regions: outer segment, inner segment, synaptic terminal  Visual pigment molecules are generated in inner segment  Pigments are incorporated into membrane of outer segment  Pigments contain an opsin & a chromophore (do not need to remember opsin or chromophore)  Each cone contains one of three pigments  Rods contain rhodopsin. Cones contain three different opsins  Melanopsin is used by receptors w/in ganglion cells which send their signals to suprachiasmatic nucleus to regulate the circadian rhythm o Not just photoreceptors can receive light, ganglion cells with melanopsin also receive light and use it to regulate day & night for body  Most are rods  Cones have different wavelengths - depending on pigment Photo activation - biochemical cascade of events leading to change of glutamate concentration for rods & cones (only difference is which photons they absorb, due to dif pigments)  Photon is absorbed by visual pigment  Pigment changes shape  Channels that normally allow Na+ to enter the cell close  Cell hyperpolarizes (inside become s more negative)  Less glutamate is released at synaptic terminal (graded potentials) - when capture a photon, send out less neuromotivators (more activity in dark)  Following bipolar cell will become hyperpolarized/depolarized depending on its type  All in a few ms! Layout of photoreceptors  Humans have ~90 million rods and ~4-5 million cones  Distributions change with eccentricity (distance from fovea)  Cones are very densely packed in fovea - at center, need lots of cones for fine details  Move a few cm from fovea, and cone density drops dramatically  At night, you cannot see straight ahead - need cones for that, only use rods at night (not center of gaze)  Rod density increases the as you move further from fovea (20 degrees outside fovea is max density of rods)  If you want to see a star clearly at night, look to the side of it


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