New User Special Price Expires in

Let's log you in.

Sign in with Facebook


Don't have a StudySoup account? Create one here!


Create a StudySoup account

Be part of our community, it's free to join!

Sign up with Facebook


Create your account
By creating an account you agree to StudySoup's terms and conditions and privacy policy

Already have a StudySoup account? Login here

Ch 5 book notes

by: Michelle Ibrahim

Ch 5 book notes psych 303

Michelle Ibrahim
Cal State Fullerton

Preview These Notes for FREE

Get a free preview of these Notes, just enter your email below.

Unlock Preview
Unlock Preview

Preview these materials now for free

Why put in your email? Get access to more of this material and other relevant free materials for your school

View Preview

About this Document

These notes cover one week worth of notes for chapter 5
Sensation and Perception
James Neuse
Class Notes
sensation and perception
25 ?




Popular in Sensation and Perception

Popular in Psychlogy

This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Michelle Ibrahim on Saturday February 27, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to psych 303 at California State University - Fullerton taught by James Neuse in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 34 views. For similar materials see Sensation and Perception in Psychlogy at California State University - Fullerton.


Reviews for Ch 5 book notes


Report this Material


What is Karma?


Karma is the currency of StudySoup.

You can buy or earn more Karma at anytime and redeem it for class notes, study guides, flashcards, and more!

Date Created: 02/27/16
Ch 5 Book notes 02/24/2016 ▯ Perceptual organization  process by which elements in the environment become perceptually grouped to create our perceptions of objects  involves 2 components o grouping and segregation ▯ Gestalt  Gestalt psychologists- “are configurations formed from smaller elements?”, the whole is different than the sum of its parts  Before gestalt principles was William Wundt who studied structuralism (distinguished between sensations, elementary processes that occur and perceptions)  Gestalt psychologist reject that perceptions were formed by adding up sensations and that past experience played a role in perception The principle of good continuation o when connected result in straight or smoothly curving lines are seen as belonging together o also when an object is covered it is still seen as connected to the part that is covered Principle of Pragnanz/Principle of good figure/Principle of simplicity o This is the central theory of gestalt psychology  Every stimulus pattern is seen in such a way that the resulting structure is as simple as possible  Ex. Olympic cirlces is seen as 5 cirlces not parts even though they over lap Principle of similarity o Similar things appear to be grouped together Principle of proximity o Things that are near each other tend to be grouped together Principle of common fate o Things moving in the same direction appear to be grouped together  One image based factor proposed was that area lower in the field are more likely to be perceived ▯ Perceiving scenes and objects in scenes  one way to distinguish between objects and scenes is that objects are compact and are acted “upon”, scenes are extended in space and are acted “within”  ex. If we go out to mail a letter, the mailbox is what we are acting upon and the street is where we are acting within The role of inferencing  people use their knowledge of physical and semantic regularities such as the ones we have been describing to infer what is going on  process by which elements in the environment become perceptually grouped to create our perceptions of objects  FFA ( fusiform face area)- in the temporal lobe and recognizes faces  PPA (parahippocampal place area)- fires when other stimuli besides faces are present ▯ Faces  The part of the brain that is responsible for emotional reaction to the face is located in the amygdala  Evaluation of where a person is looking is the superior temporal sulcus, this area is also responsible for perceiving movements of a persons mouth  Evaluating persons attractiveness is the frontal lobe ▯ ▯ Key terms: ▯ Inverse projection problem: the task of determining the object responsible for a particular image on the retina, it involves starting with the retinal image and extending rays out from the eye ▯ Viewpoint invariance: ability to recognize an object seen at different viewpoints ▯ Perceptual organization- process by which elements in the environment become perceptually grouped to create our perceptions of objects ▯ Grouping- is the process by which visual events are pit together into units or objects ▯ Separation- the process of separating one area or object from another ▯ Structuralism- is when sensations combine to create a perception. For example the picture in the book with the drawing of the face, structuralism sees the first point as the dots that end up creating the full picture. Another principle is also that the combination of sensations to form perception is aided by the observers past experience ▯ Reversible figure- ground- figure can be perceived as both the figure and the ground ▯ Scene- is a view of a real world environment that contains background elements and multiple objects that are organized in a meaningful way relative to each other and the background ▯ Physical regularities- are regularly occurring physical properties of the environment. For example there are more physical and vertical and horizontal orientations in the environment ▯ Structural encoding- based on the relationship between voxel activation and structural charcteristics of a scene, such as lines, contrasts, shapes and textures ▯ ▯ ▯


Buy Material

Are you sure you want to buy this material for

25 Karma

Buy Material

BOOM! Enjoy Your Free Notes!

We've added these Notes to your profile, click here to view them now.


You're already Subscribed!

Looks like you've already subscribed to StudySoup, you won't need to purchase another subscription to get this material. To access this material simply click 'View Full Document'

Why people love StudySoup

Jim McGreen Ohio University

"Knowing I can count on the Elite Notetaker in my class allows me to focus on what the professor is saying instead of just scribbling notes the whole time and falling behind."

Amaris Trozzo George Washington University

"I made $350 in just two days after posting my first study guide."

Jim McGreen Ohio University

"Knowing I can count on the Elite Notetaker in my class allows me to focus on what the professor is saying instead of just scribbling notes the whole time and falling behind."


"Their 'Elite Notetakers' are making over $1,200/month in sales by creating high quality content that helps their classmates in a time of need."

Become an Elite Notetaker and start selling your notes online!

Refund Policy


All subscriptions to StudySoup are paid in full at the time of subscribing. To change your credit card information or to cancel your subscription, go to "Edit Settings". All credit card information will be available there. If you should decide to cancel your subscription, it will continue to be valid until the next payment period, as all payments for the current period were made in advance. For special circumstances, please email


StudySoup has more than 1 million course-specific study resources to help students study smarter. If you’re having trouble finding what you’re looking for, our customer support team can help you find what you need! Feel free to contact them here:

Recurring Subscriptions: If you have canceled your recurring subscription on the day of renewal and have not downloaded any documents, you may request a refund by submitting an email to

Satisfaction Guarantee: If you’re not satisfied with your subscription, you can contact us for further help. Contact must be made within 3 business days of your subscription purchase and your refund request will be subject for review.

Please Note: Refunds can never be provided more than 30 days after the initial purchase date regardless of your activity on the site.