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Introduction - Introduction Instructor Liang Lou Office 2125 ASH Office Hours MWF 2-3 or by appointment E-mail [email protected] Course website

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1 Introduction Instructor: Liang Lou Office: 2125 ASH Office Hours: MWF 2-3 or by appointment E-mail: [email protected] Course website: http://bb.gvsu.edu Syllabus 1. Textbook 2. Supplementary reading 3. Attendance 4. Exams 5. Paper 6. Late work and make-up policies 7. Withdrawal 8. Class etiquette Perception and Reality What is real? Morpheus’s answer to Neo in the 1999 movie The Matrix: “If you are talking about what can feel what can smell what you can taste and see talking about what can feel, what can smell, what you can taste and see, then real is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.
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2 Perception and Reality Two important questions: 1) Is there a reality beyond our perception? 2) How well and in what sense does our 2) How well and in what sense does our perception reflect reality? Plato’s Allegory of Prisoners in Cave: our perception is only the shadow and echos of reality George Berkeley • British Empiricists: – Experience is all we have, and there is no reality beyond experience David Hume
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4 Motion-induced Blindness Some perceptions are more real than others The distinction between perception and reality is necessary. Perception and Reality One goal of perception research is to understand how perception sometimes leads us to the reality and sometimes away from it. Common Misconceptions about Perception • Perception is a faithful record of the external stimulation
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5 A Comparative Perspective • Bees: “seeing” ultroviolet light • Bats: “hearing” ultrosonic sound • Snakes: “seeing” infrared light (heat) • Dogs: “hypersensitive” smelling ability Common Misconceptions about Perception • Perception is passive Visual awareness depends on attention
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Could this construction be real? It looks real, or not? Why? -Research suggests that at any moment only a small portion of the visual field is attended and capable of being correctly registered and the rest is extrapolated. Common Misconceptions about Perception • Perception (or sensation) is the job of sensory organs (eyes, ears, nose, tongue, skin…) How much of the cortex is devoted to vision ? A. 5% C. 20%
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Introduction - Introduction Instructor Liang Lou Office 2125 ASH Office Hours MWF 2-3 or by appointment E-mail [email protected] Course website

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