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Ch 20: Sensory & Perceptual Development

About This Chapter

The lessons and assessments of this chapter will help you reinforce your knowledge regarding components and functions of the sensory system, factors that affect perceptual development and why sensation and perceptual development are important.

Sensory & Perceptual Development - Chapter Summary

The objective of this chapter is to improve your understanding of the sensory and perception system, its development and how it impacts the well-being and development of humans. Use the short, engaging lessons of this chapter to improve your understanding of:

  • Parts and functions of the sensory system
  • Elements of perceptual development
  • How attention influences perceptual development
  • Definition and examples of sensory adaptation
  • Changes in sensory thresholds caused by aging
  • How sensory deprivation can impact human development
  • History and principles of sensory therapeutic environments

Each lesson can be completed on a desktop computer, laptop or an internet-ready mobile device. Likewise, you may test your understanding of the material online using the lesson quizzes. Review your quiz results to discover topics you don't understand and use the provided links to return to the parts of the lesson that explained those topics.

7 Lessons in Chapter 20: Sensory & Perceptual Development
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Sensory System: Definition, Parts & Functions

1. The Sensory System: Definition, Parts & Functions

This lesson will examine how the sensory systems are integrated and how they function as a whole. Instead of telling you ears hear and eyes see, we will examine how these systems are actually very similar in terms of reception, signals, and translations.

Perceptual Development in Infants

2. 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.

The Role of Attention in Perceptual Development

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.

Sensory Adaptation: Definition & Examples

4. Sensory Adaptation: Definition & Examples

If you're like most people, you have probably experienced or observed sensory adaptation at some point. Learn how this mechanism works in everyday life and test your knowledge with a short quiz.

Aging and Sensory Perception: Changes in Sensory Thresholds

5. 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.

Sensory Deprivation: The Impact on Human Development

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!

Therapeutic Environments: Definition, History & Principles

7. Therapeutic Environments: Definition, History & Principles

Therapeutic environments consist of more than just a hospital bed and random medical equipment. In this lesson, we'll learn about environments that are specifically designed to increase safety, reduce anxiety, and promote independence.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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