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Psych 1101, Chapter 6 (Part1)

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Psych 1101, Chapter 6 (Part1) PSYC 1101 B

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Introduction to the Sensation and perception chapter with plenty examples to get a better grasp and understanding of the material.
General Psychology
jane hodges
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#Psychology #Senses #Perception #WebersLaw




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Date Created: 02/27/16
Intro to Sensation and Perception Psychology 1101 Sensation­ includes your 5 senses: sense of touch, smell, taste, seeing, hear. Perception­ Perceives, organizes, makes sense of what you just tasted or saw etc  Your perceptions can sometimes makes you see things and interpret them differently for  what it actually is which is known as optical illusions.  2 Types of Perception  ­ Bottom­up Processing: this type of perception is data driven and requires no thinking  because it is something you already know.     For example: looking at a chair and recognizing that is a chair ­ Top down Processing: this type of perception requires thinking.  For example: making out pictures from the clouds or the stars up in the sky.   3 Steps to Perception  Step 1: Reception­ A physical stimulus from your senses travel to your receptor cells     Step 2: Transduction­ Those receptor cells send neural signals up to the brain  Step 3: Transmission­ Those signals sent to the brain are now used for interpretation.  For example: A physical stimulus of odor goes through your nose to your receptor cells.  (Reception), then the receptor cells send the neural signals up to the brain (Translation), finally  that smell can be interpreted in the brain of what exactly you smelled.  Thresholds­ are your responses to a stimulus, which can include: Absolute: Which refers to the minimal level of stimulus needed to detect a stimulus 50%  of the time.  Ex: You can feel a fly land on you vs. a mosquito landing on you.  Subliminal: Which is beneath our conscious awareness and can sometimes cause you to  behave or think differently.  Ex: If something is flashed quickly on a screen you cannot process it quick enough,  therefore making you think you did not see anything.  Sensory adaption­ When you become adapted to a physical stimulus. For example, being nose  blind to the way your house smells, but to someone else they can recognize a smell.   Different Threshold­ When you can detect the minimal difference 50% of the time. For  example, the difference between 50 shades of grey (literally)  Webers Law: 2 stimuli can be perceived as different must differ by a certain percentage.  For Example: a 10 pound bowling ball with a sheet of paper on it vs. a 10 pound bowling  ball with a wet towel on it. There might not be too much of a difference but there is some type of difference. 


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