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Psychology Notes-Test 1 LECTURE NOTES Fundamental Insight #1 Learning new skills and concepts, things start to cohere, things come together Reality is a story told to us by our brains Reality doesn’t affect us directly Something happens between reality and our interpretation of reality What if we don’t live in reality? Brains aren’t like mirrors that just reflect reality We all have our own way of seeing things Our brains are artists not mirrors Our experiences do not reflect ‘reality’ itself, but rather a construction of reality 1) This construction process involves a lot of gaps and ‘filling in’ 2) This subjective representation occurs within the brain 3) Our brains are housed within our bodies (and are highly affected by) our bodies None of us have access to all of reality, we cannot possibly perceive everything at once You can’t operate with all information We only have access to a limited subset of reality We have limited 1) Sensitivity of our sensory mechanisms 2) Attentional capacity: limited ability to process information, as you add more load you add more error as well, decides how we view the world, perception is when we process sights, sounds etc. Perception is the lightbulb moment For example, dogs experience a different reality than us Fred is not acting because of the dog; he is acting because he turns his beliefs into the idea that it must be a dog Perception Action Behavior Wolverine example: not operating because of reality, he follows his perceptions that it is a dog and not the actual reality, uses his own internalized processes, misinterpretation of reality causing suffering (for example this occurs in depression) Perception is a process of creative story telling and inference making…based on a true story Speed Accuracy Trade Off This is highly functional (most of the time) Some midground between speed and accuracy In order to do things super fast, we can’t be 100% certain You are kind of always guessing The processes that lead us into error are the same ones that are accurate most of the time This means that we are not directly interacting with reality, but rather we are creating a fiction about reality and interacting with this fiction Like watching a movie and forgetting that it is just a movie More subtly this situates our understanding of mind at an interface-the connections between Where did our consciousness come from? Came from all of the connections that make you, you and were learned from somewhere
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It wasn’t preprogrammed We need moments of perception Perceptions are based on our past Patterns have to be accessible in order for reality to register Inside is patterned by the outside environment Environment teaches us so that we can understand Much of our processing information occurs implicitly, sub-representationally. Thus,
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