Ch 7: Sensing & Perceiving: Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The Sensing and Perceiving unit of this High School 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 High School Psychology Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about sensing and perceiving. 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 how humans see, hear, taste, touch and smell and how various factors can influence the perception of what these senses tell us.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a 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 sensing and perceiving unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Sensing and Perceiving Unit Objectives:

  • Review the definitions of sensation and perception.
  • Explore receptor processes and sensory mechanisms, and define terms including transduction, receptor cells, contralateral shift, single cell recording and sensory coding.
  • Learn about vision and depth perception.
  • Examine the hearing process.
  • Get information on touch, smell and taste.
  • Gain an understanding of adaptation and habitation and how they are used in response to changing stimuli.
  • Get an overview of the steps in the process of perception.
  • Define the Gestalt principles and concepts, such as proximity, similarity and closure.
  • Learn how environmental variables, expectations, past experiences and culture can influence perception.
  • Define attention and how it varies according to task.

11 Lessons in Chapter 7: Sensing & Perceiving: 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.

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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