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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?
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.
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.
3. What is Depth Perception? - Definition, Cues & Examples
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.
4. Mechanics of Hearing & How the Brain Processes Sound
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.
5. Taste, Touch & Smell: Proprioception & the Somatosensory System
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.
6. Perceptual Development in Infants
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.
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.
8. Speech Perception and Processing
In this lesson, we'll discover the complex process involved in perceiving and processing the spoken words we hear. We'll explore the various parts of the brain involved in this process and what each part of the brain contributes.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. What Is Remote Sensing? - Definition, Applications & Example
Hypotheses about physical systems are modified based on the results of scientific tests and observations. Remote sensing capabilities have significantly increased our ability to gather data that is not immediately apparent from our own personal senses.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. 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.
26. 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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