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Ch 1: Perceptual Processes of the Brain

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With this overview of perceptual processes of the brain, enhance your understanding of sensory adaptation, the law of proximity, and optical illusions. Concise but filled with important details, the lessons are designed to help you with homework or test preparation.

Perceptual Processes of the Brain - Chapter Summary

While studying this chapter, you will heighten your understanding of how the brain perceives our surroundings. Included in these lessons is an explanation for why we become desensitized to stimuli as time passes. This chapter can also help you comprehend concepts of Gestalt psychology. After reviewing the lessons, you should be ready to do the following:

  • Define sensory adaptation and habituation
  • List the steps of the perceptual process
  • Provide examples of perceptual organization
  • Recall principles of Gestalt psychology
  • Explain the law of proximity
  • Define perceptual constancy in psychology
  • Discuss how optical illusions play tricks on our perception

These lessons facilitate easy comprehension of ideas related to perceptual processes of the brain. Key words are highlighted in bold for fast recognition and review. A brief quiz is available to test your knowledge of each lesson, and the quizzes can be printed for use as a study tool.

7 Lessons in Chapter 1: Perceptual Processes of the Brain
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Sensory Adaptation & Habituation: Definition & Examples

1. Sensory Adaptation & Habituation: Definition & Examples

Ever notice how, after a while, a dark room seems less dark? Watch this lesson to find out about sensory adaptation and habituation, why we become desensitized to stimuli after a while, and what happens when things change.

Steps of the Perceptual Process

2. Steps of the Perceptual Process

Did you ever wonder how we choose what we see? In this lesson, we will learn about the perceptual process. In the perceptual process, we will learn how we select, organize, and interpret visual information.

Perceptual Organization: Definition & Examples

3. Perceptual Organization: Definition & Examples

Perception governs meaning, as it influences how we and others see the world. In this lesson, we'll talk about perceptual organization and explore some examples of how our brains organize what we see.

Gestalt Psychology: Definition & Principles

4. Gestalt Psychology: Definition & Principles

In this lesson, you'll explore the basic concepts and principles of Gestalt psychology. The word 'Gestalt' is a German word that means 'seeing the whole picture all at once.'

Law of Proximity: Examples & Overview

5. Law of Proximity: Examples & Overview

In this lesson we'll discuss the Gestalt principle of organization in relation to the Law of Proximity. This principle states other things being equal, objects that are near to one another are perceived as belonging together as a unit.

Perceptual Constancy in Psychology: Definition & Examples

6. Perceptual Constancy in Psychology: Definition & Examples

Did you know that perceptual constancy assists you in identifying objects under changing conditions? Learn more about perceptual constancy from examples and test your knowledge with a quiz.

What Are Optical Illusions? - Definition & Types

7. What Are Optical Illusions? - Definition & Types

In this lesson, we will explore the different types of optical illusions and discuss how they play tricks on our perception. Then you can test your knowledge with a fun quiz.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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