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Sensory and Perceptual Development - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
In a typical day, you probably wake up because you hear the loud alarm clock sound. You savor the taste and smell of a fresh cup of coffee. You use your vision to help guide you safely to work. At the end of the day, you may relax as you sink into your favorite soft chair. All of these things you do day in and day out are possible because of your five senses. This chapter addresses the development of the senses and perception throughout a lifetime. Lessons will address development at each stage in life, from birth to adulthood. In addition, these lessons will address sensory deprivation and how it can impact overall development. Some of the specific things that will be taught in this chapter include:
- The sensitive period of development from birth to age 6
- Sensory thresholds
|The Sensitive Periods of Development: Birth to Age 6||Study the sensory development in infants and children.|
|Infant Perceptual Development and the Five Senses||Learn about habituation and the relationship to infant perceptual development.|
|Child Perceptual Development and the Five Senses||Examine how attention is relevant to child perceptual development.|
|Adult Perceptual Development and the Five Senses||Explore sensory thresholds as you learn about adult perceptual development.|
|Sensory Deprivation: The Impact on Human Development||Find out what leads to sensory deprivation and the impacts it has on development.|
1. The Sensitive Periods of Development: Birth to Age 6
The phrase 'sensitive periods in human development' may sound like it refers to moody teenagers, but it actually refers to periods of time when a child easily absorbs information in a specific way. The most important sensitive periods occur between birth and age six. Learn more in this lesson.
2. Infant Perceptual Development and the Five Senses
What is habituation and how does it affect perceptual development in an infant? Learn the answer to this question and more as this lesson explores sensory development in infants.
3. The Role of Attention in Perceptual Development
How does a child's perceptual development progress, and what is the role of attention in this process? This lesson will use examples to teach you about this relationship and walk you through the changes.
4. 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.
5. The Gestalt Theory and Perceptual Development
What does Gestalt mean, and why is it important to our perception? This lesson will discuss the Gestalt theory and explain how perception is affected by the concept of Gestalt.
6. Sensory Deprivation: The Impact on Human Development
What is sensory deprivation? What are its impacts on human development? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this lesson, then test your knowledge with a quiz!
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Other chapters within the Psychology 103: Human Growth and Development course
- Theoretical Approaches to Human Growth and Development
- Research Methods and the Study of Human Growth and Development
- Genetic Influences on Development
- Biological Development
- Cognition and Cognitive Development
- Creativity and Intelligence Development
- Language Development
- Social Development
- Social Relationship Development
- Atypical Development
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