Ch 9: Sensation & Perception in Psychology

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Watch video lessons to learn about the various features of sensation and perception. These engaging lessons are just a portion of our online study guide and video collection.

Sensation & Perception in Psychology - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

In this chapter, you can learn about the differences between perception and sensation and how our brains deal with multiple sensations. Experienced instructors will guide your through the important aspects of vision, smell, touch, smell and taste, introducing you to sensory adaptation and habituation. As this chapter draws to a close, you should be familiar with the following:

  • Receptor processes
  • Sensory mechanisms
  • Depth perception
  • The perceptual process

Video Objective
Intro to Sensation and Perception Explore the basics of perception and sensation.
Receptor Processes & Sensory Mechanisms Discuss receptor cells, transduction, contralateral shifts, sensory coding and single cell recording.
How Does Vision Work? Explain the vision process.
Depth Perception Map out how our eyes and brains perceive depth.
Mechanics of Hearing Address the process of hearing.
Taste, Touch and Smell Discuss the sensory processes of taste, smell and touch.
Sensory Adaptation & Habituation: Definition & Examples Identify these two processes used in responding to changing stimuli.
Steps of the Perceptual Process Explain the steps in the perceptual process.
Gestalt Principles & Concepts Explore these principles and concepts, including figure-ground, similarity, continuity, closure and proximity.
How Environmental Variables & Other Factors Influence Perception Explain the effects on perception of motivation, environmental variables and past experiences.
How Different Tasks Impact Attention Compare the attention required for demanding tasks and that for simple tasks.

11 Lessons in Chapter 9: Sensation & Perception in Psychology
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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.

How Does Vision Work?

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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.

Gestalt Principles & Concepts

9. Gestalt Principles & Concepts

In this lesson, we will learn about Gestalt principles and concepts. We will learn that we cannot always trust what we see. We will learn how our perception and reality may be very different.

How Environmental Variables & Other Factors Influence Perception

10. How Environmental Variables & Other Factors Influence Perception

Have you ever wondered why people can look at the same thing and see it completely different? What things influence that difference? In this lesson, we will learn what some of those variables are that affect our perception.

How Different Tasks Impact Attention

11. How Different Tasks Impact Attention

Have you ever been somewhere talking to someone and realized that you blocked out everything around you but that person, but you don't know how you did it? In this lesson we will look at attention and how and why we choose to pay attention to one or more things.

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