Lecture 10 - Perception Perception takes over where...

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Perception Perception takes over where sensation stops an active constructive process of how we interpret and organize sensations How the brain interprets and makes sense of incoming messages
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Gestalt Psychologists Three names to remember Max Wertheimer Kurt Koffka Wolfgang Köhler Began the study of perception @100 years ago Studied how the mind organizes sensations Believed we were born with natural tendency to cluster sensations and perceive coherent “wholes” or gestalts Believed “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”
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Perception of Form Composed of several phenomenon Figure ground Grouping Depth Perception Perceptual constancy
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Figure Ground Basic tendency to see details of forms (figures) rather than the background against which they are presented This easiest seen in reversible figures
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Reversible Figure What do you see? A Young Woman? An Old Woman? Both?
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Necker Cube The brain tries to organize coherent wholes Notice how your mind can switch from each possible image to the next
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Perceptual Set Past experience influences how we are prepared to perceive
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What do you see?
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Lecture 10 - Perception Perception takes over where...

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