Ch 10: Sensation & Perception Overview

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In this chapter, memorize major terms associated with sensation and perception. Go through an overview of this psychology topic by following along with the instructors during the lessons, then use our assessment tools to check your skills and to practice answering questions for upcoming exams.

Sensation & Perception Overview - Chapter Summary

Learn about the fundamental aspects of sensation and perception by opening up this chapter. This overview presented by our expert psychology instructors will help you get a better handle on such topics as how our five senses communicate with our brains, sensory development, the influence of previous experiences, and how perception can be manipulated. By taking the time to master each lesson in the chapter, you should be prepared to do the following:

  • Outline the basics of perception and sensation
  • Describe how vision works
  • Identify the concept of depth perception
  • Analyze the mechanics of hearing
  • Define the functions of smell, touch, and taste
  • Examine perceptual development in humans
  • Explain the definition of perceptual set
  • Point out how the sensory threshold changes with age
  • Offer examples of the different types of optical illusions
  • Determine a working definition for synesthesia

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10 Lessons in Chapter 10: Sensation & Perception Overview
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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.

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.

What is Depth Perception? - Definition, Cues & Examples

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.

Mechanics of Hearing & How the Brain Processes Sound

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.

Taste, Touch & Smell: Proprioception & the Somatosensory System

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.

Perceptual Development in Infants

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.

Perceptual Set: Definition and Examples

7. Perceptual Set: Definition and Examples

Perceptual set is our tendency to interpret things in certain ways based on previous experiences. This lesson explains perceptual set, provide examples, and ends with a quiz to determine what you have learned.

Aging and Sensory Perception: Changes in Sensory Thresholds

8. Aging and Sensory Perception: Changes in Sensory Thresholds

What are sensory thresholds? How does sensory perception change with age? This lesson will answer these questions and teach you even more about sensory changes in late adulthood.

What Are Optical Illusions? - Definition & Types

9. 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.

What is Synesthesia? - Definition & Examples

10. What is Synesthesia? - Definition & Examples

Synesthesia is a type of crossing of the sensory wiring that can cause some fascinating (and occasionally alarming) results. Through this lesson, you will learn the definition of this phenomenon and explore some examples and indicators that can help with a diagnosis.

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