optional extra credit essay1 (pyschology)

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Saksena 1 Sean Saksena Psychology 2004 905151752 Optional extra credit essay Sight Unseen The article “Sight Unseen” has shed new light for me. The role of each individual sense is a key component of percieveing the world around us. Up until I had read this article, I had thought that if sight was restored distinction of colors, shapes, faces, and etcetera would be instantaneous. However, observation of Mike May proved otherwise. When I thought about this, I found a similar comparison. A man or woman for one reason or another meets a new friend via a phone conversation. He or she talks with this person, and gets to a point where the new friend’s voice is familiar upon the first syllable he or she speaks (and vise-versa). To some degree the two people know each other quite well. However, if walking in public the two friends would never recognize one another, unless
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Unformatted text preview: one of the two spoke. This is because, auditory recognition has been established. There has been no visual recognition therefore seeing the person in effect doesn’t “ring a bell”. This is true for Mike May and his wife. He has recognized his wife by the sound of her voice, the length of her hair, and etcetera. However, visually Mike has not recognized her look. This is true for both Mike May and other blind people miraculously seeing again. This article also reveals how “hard wired” our bodies really are. Mike May still relies on his “blind” ways of sensation to decipher things. The use of sight is not instantaneous; we have to look at something, perceive it, and then store it to memory. Therefore, I determine that no matter what sense one lacks or have he or she must have “experience” to render the sense applicable....
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2008 for the course PSYC 2004 taught by Professor Dmharris during the Spring '06 term at Virginia Tech.

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