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Ch 5: Sensation & Perception: Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The sensation and perception unit of this AP Psychology Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about sensation and perception. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our AP Psychology Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about sensation and perception. There is no faster or easier way to learn about sensation and perception. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about the five senses, sensory coding, sensory adaptation and habituation.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need an AP psychology curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a sensation and perception unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Sensation & Perception Unit Objectives:

  • Discuss receptor processes and sensory mechanisms.
  • Explore receptor cells, transduction, contralateral shift and sensory coding to find out how messages from receptors reach the brain.
  • Learn the mechanics of vision, hearing, taste, touch and smell.
  • Explain how adaptation and habituation are used as a response to stimuli that are changing.

8 Lessons in Chapter 5: Sensation & Perception: Homeschool Curriculum
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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.

Receptor Processes & Sensory Mechanisms

2. Receptor Processes & Sensory Mechanisms

How do we receive and interpret information from the world around us? In this lesson, we'll look at an overview of sensation and perception, including the differences between the two and the basic process of moving from one to the other.

Sensory Coding: Getting Messages from Receptors to Your Brain

3. Sensory Coding: Getting Messages from Receptors to Your Brain

When you stub your toe, you feel pain. But that's not all to the story: information about what your toe is feeling has to travel up to your brain. In this lesson, we'll look at the process of sending information from sensory receptors to the brain.

How Does Vision Work?

4. 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.

What is Depth Perception? - Definition, Cues & Examples

5. 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.

Mechanics of Hearing & How the Brain Processes Sound

6. 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.

Taste, Touch & Smell: Proprioception & the Somatosensory System

7. 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.

Sensory Adaptation & Habituation: Definition & Examples

8. 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.

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