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Ch 1: Perceptual Processes in Psychology

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In this overview of perceptual processes in psychology, you can review the signal detection theory, information processing, and more. Each information-packed lesson is designed to help you with homework or test preparation.

Perceptual Processes in Psychology - Chapter Summary

While going through these lessons, you can deepen your understanding of perceptual processes in psychology. This self-paced chapter can help you understand the ecological theory of perception and perceptions of culture. After reviewing the lessons, you should be ready to:

  • Explain how perception is related to your five senses
  • Provide examples of the signal detection theory
  • Discuss the validity of subliminal messages
  • Describe how your brain remembers information
  • Compare ethnocentrism to the idea of culture relativism
  • Define percentile learning styles
  • Recall James Gibson's ecological approach to perception

These lessons can help you quickly get up to speed on perceptual processes in psychology. Vocabulary words are highlighted in bold for quick reference. You can use the Help feature to submit questions to instructors if you get stuck on a topic. Video timelines let you easily navigate to specific topics.

7 Lessons in Chapter 1: Perceptual Processes in Psychology
What is Perception in Psychology? - Definition & Theory

1. What is Perception in Psychology? - Definition & Theory

Perception is the process of recognizing and interpreting sensory stimuli. Learn the definition of perception, how it is related to the five senses, how it differs from reality, and more.

Signal Detection Theory: Definition & Examples

2. Signal Detection Theory: Definition & Examples

Do you ever hear things that aren't really there, or not hear something that's nearby? You're not going crazy, this is common. In this lesson we are going to look at signal detection theory and explore how your mind detects or misses various signals.

Subliminal Messages: Definition, Examples & Validity

3. Subliminal Messages: Definition, Examples & Validity

The use of subliminal messages - especially in advertising - has been controversial for decades. In this lesson, we define subliminal messages and discuss their validity using several examples of research conducted on the topic.

Information Processing

4. Information Processing

How does your brain remember information and recall it later? In this lesson, you'll look at the steps your brain takes as it processes data from short-term memory and stores it as long-term memory.

Perceptions of Culture: Ideal Culture and Real Culture, Ethnocentrism, & Culture Relativism

5. Perceptions of Culture: Ideal Culture and Real Culture, Ethnocentrism, & Culture Relativism

The way we perceive culture - both our own and that of others - is affected by many things. In this lesson, we define and discuss the difference between perceptions of ideal culture and real culture. We also examine ethnocentrism and compare it to the idea of culture relativism.

Perceptual Learning Styles: Definition & Examples

6. Perceptual Learning Styles: Definition & Examples

What does it mean to say that we learn with our whole body? This lesson reviews the five senses and how they're used in relation to the seven perceptual learning styles. It'll also cover the definition of perceptual learning and offer some examples for the different styles.

James Gibson & the Ecological Theory of Perception

7. James Gibson & the Ecological Theory of Perception

Perception, how people see their environment, can either be direct or indirect. This lesson looks at James Gibson's belief in the direct application of perception which led to his ecological theory of perception.

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