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Think of all the ways in which you experience the world around you. For example, yourecognize your favorite food by its aroma and the way it looks. You recognize an orange by itsround shape, citrus flavor, and its color. You recognize a song by listening to its melody and thesinger's voice. It is through these sensory experiences that we interact with and interpret things inour world. Recognizing and interpreting sensory information, such as sound and smells, are all apart of perception.Perception DefinedPerceptioncan be defined as our recognition and interpretation of sensory information.Perception also includes how we respond to the information. We can think of perception as aprocess where we take in sensory information from our environment and use that information inorder to interact with our environment. Perception allows us to take the sensory information inand make it into something meaningful.For example, let's look at our perception of words. Each letter of the alphabet is in itself asingular letter. When we perceive words, we think of them as one singular unit that is made up ofsmaller parts called letters. It is through this organization of letters into words that we are able tomake something meaningful. That is, we perceive an entire word, and this word has a specificmeaning that can be found in the dictionary.Perception is also necessary for us to survive in our environment. For example, before parentsfeed their babies microwaved food, they taste it in order to make sure that the temperature isn'ttoo hot. This involves using sensory information (touch and taste) to make sure that the food isnot dangerous for the infant. Before we cross a busy street, we rely on our hearing and sight tomake sure a car is not coming. Without the sensory information, we would not be able to judgewhich food was too hot or when an appropriate time to cross the street would be, which couldput us and our children in danger.Perception and SelectionMost of us are presented with millions of sensory stimuli a day. How do we know what to attendto and what to ignore? What tells us that it's okay not to notice each and every leaf on each andevery tree that we pass, but important to attend to the dip in the sidewalk in front of us? Thoughperceptionis different for each person, we each attend to the stimuli that are meaningful in ourindividual worlds. Selection is the process by which we attend to some stimuli in our

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jhon
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sensory information, stimuli, Rubin s Vase

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