Ch 3: Sensation and Perception: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Sensation and Perception chapter of this Intro to Psychology Help and Review course is the simplest way to master sensation and perception. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of sensation and perception.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering introductory psychology material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn about introductory psychology. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding sensation or working with perceptual development
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning psychology (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about sensation and perception
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra psychology learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Sensation and Perception chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Sensation and Perception chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any sensation and perception question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:

  • How do the vision and depth perception processes work?
  • What are the mechanics behind hearing?
  • What's the biology behind our sense of taste, touch and smell?
  • How do we develop our sense of perception?

24 Lessons in Chapter 3: Sensation and Perception: Help and Review
Intro to Sensation and Perception

1. Intro to Sensation and Perception

What is the difference between sensation and perception, and how do they work? You'll get to see how the mind handles and differentiates between multiple sensations in this introduction.

How Does Vision Work?

2. How Does Vision Work?

How do your eyes and brain work together to turn light into images? You'll learn about the working components of the eye and take a look at two theories of color perception.

Depth Perception

3. Depth Perception

How do our brains make 3-D images out of 2-D inputs? In this lesson, you'll explore various visual cues that require either one eye or both eyes. Prepare to look at depth perception in a new way.

Mechanics of Hearing

4. Mechanics of Hearing

How do our ears transform sound into signals that our brains can process? In this lesson, you'll cover properties of sound waves and how they interact with key parts of the ear.

Taste, Touch and Smell

5. Taste, Touch and Smell

How do taste, touch and smell work? Also, what is proprioception? Throughout this lesson, you'll get a detailed description on each of these remarkable senses.

Perceptual Development

6. Perceptual Development

Why are some senses more developed than others for a newborn? You'll learn which senses are initially important for infants to bond with and recognize their mothers and which one is still in development after birth.

Sensory Adaptation: Definition & Examples

7. Sensory Adaptation: Definition & Examples

If you're like most people, you have probably experienced or observed sensory adaptation at some point. Learn how this mechanism works in everyday life and test your knowledge with a short quiz.

The Psychological Processes of Reading

8. The Psychological Processes of Reading

This lesson discusses how different psychological processes are used during reading acquisition. The terms reading and psychological processes are defined and reading is discussed as it occurs through word-level and text level processes.

The Psychology of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication

9. The Psychology of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication

In this lesson, learn the difference between verbal and nonverbal communication and how you use them in your life. Also, study the different components of these two major communication styles so you can improve your skills and communicate more effectively.

Somatosenses: Definition and Function

10. Somatosenses: Definition and Function

The somatosensory system is your sense of touch. While this sounds quite simple, there is so much more to it than just feeling things through your fingers. This lesson discusses the definition and function of the somatosenses.

Vestibular and Kinesthetic Senses

11. Vestibular and Kinesthetic Senses

In this lesson, we will learn about our kinesthetic and vestibular senses, which are responsible for things like movement and balance. We'll talk about what each of these senses do, and why we need them.

What are the Stages of Perception?

12. What are the Stages of Perception?

Perception refers to the way individuals experience or give meaning to information and events, and perception differs from person to person. This lesson will discuss the five stages of perception and will end with a quiz to test your knowledge.

Difference Threshold: Examples & Definition

13. Difference Threshold: Examples & Definition

Learn about the difference threshold phenomenon and some of its practical applications. Understand what affects your perception of change and why, sometimes, you do not notice differences that exist.

Hyposensitivity to Touch & Movement: Definition & Overview

14. Hyposensitivity to Touch & Movement: Definition & Overview

Did you know that hyposensitivity to touch and movement can be caused by neurological disorders? Learn more about the signs and causes of hyposensitivity to touch and movement. Then test your knowledge with a quiz.

James Vicary: Experiment & Overview

15. James Vicary: Experiment & Overview

In 1957, James Vicary claimed to have conducted an experiment in which he exposed moviegoers to brief messages about popcorn and Coca-Cola, stating that it increased sales. Learn about the experiment and the ethical and legal controversy of subliminal advertising.

Law of Similarity: Overview & Examples

16. Law of Similarity: Overview & Examples

Psychologists use the law of similarity to understand behavior. Learn the law of similarity and see examples of how it affects you every day. Then, test your knowledge with a quiz.

Motion Parallax in Psychology: Definition & Explanation

17. Motion Parallax in Psychology: Definition & Explanation

Motion parallax is a monocular depth cue in which we view objects that are closer to us as moving faster than objects that are further away from us. Learn about motion parallax, depth perception, monocular cues, and more.

Opponent-Process Theory

18. Opponent-Process Theory

If you stare at a green dot for about a minute, then turn your gaze toward a white wall, you should see a red afterimage. The experience of afterimages is a fairly common one among humans, and in this lesson we will talk about how the brain creates them.

Selective Perception: Theory & Examples

19. Selective Perception: Theory & Examples

In this lesson, we will discuss selective perception and the selective perception theory. Learn more about selective perception from examples. Then test your knowledge with a quiz.

What is Sensation in Psychology? - Definition & Concept

20. What is Sensation in Psychology? - Definition & Concept

In this lesson, you will learn about the concept of sensation and the five distinct subsystems that comprise sensation. Following the lesson, you will have the opportunity to test your knowledge with a short quiz.

Autonomic Nervous System: Function, Definition & Divisions

21. Autonomic Nervous System: Function, Definition & Divisions

In this lesson we'll learn the definition of 'autonomic nervous system.' The lesson explores the system's function and gives an overview of the divisions that comprise the system. A short quiz will follow.

The Stroop Effect in Psychology: Definition, Test & Experiment

22. The Stroop Effect in Psychology: Definition, Test & Experiment

This lesson discusses the Stroop Effect. You will learn about the man and original experiment behind it, try it yourself, study the underlying psychology, and also see what we know today.

Sensory Cortex: Definition & Function

23. Sensory Cortex: Definition & Function

So, you understand the dog you see in front of you is an image your brain has constructed. Light hits your eyes and after a lot of processing, your brain comes up with an image. But, what happens in between? Find out how the sensory cortex does it.

Contrast Effect: Definition & Example

24. Contrast Effect: Definition & Example

In this lesson, you will learn the definition of the contrast effect and be given examples to further your understanding. Following the lesson will be a brief quiz.

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