Lecture 6 - Sept 20

Lecture 6 - Sept 20 - Sept 20 2010 Lecture 6 Perception Why...

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Lecture 6 - Perception Why study perception - perception is the means by which we link the external world to our inner, mental world - most of what we know about the world and life originates with sensory perception LOCKE: everything we know, we know from our senses. Tr to imagine a smell you have never smelled before... - you can imagine a conjunction of previously experienced things (ex. you can imagine an elephant dancing in a pink too too and holding an umbrella dancing) - can you imagine a color you have never seen before? - when we think about our mental life we have hopes dreams desires pains worries stress; they are all mediated through some sort of perceptual experience (to hope to be let out of a class early is from being bored or uncomfortable or tired etc) - you break up with someone and the last thing they say to you, you remember it and analyze it and add things or add tone of voices and try to figure it out all in perception perception is constructive. - the visual system has to piece together elements of perception (color, shape, movement, location, size) - all of these components are processed by separate regions of the brain and all comes together later (instantaneously later obviously) - some people can’t identify colors. color and shape are intact but the binding part is damaged.
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