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Perception, 4/e
Robert Sekuler, Brandeis University
Randolph Blake, Vanderbilt University

Introduction to Perception

Learning Objectives

After studying the chapter, the student should be able to...

1.) Distinguish between sensory input and perceptual experience, and explain the relationship that exists between the two.

2.) Discuss why the process of perception is crucial to living creatures and how our system prevents us from experiencing sensory overload.

3.) Explain the sequential chain of events precipitating perception. Specify the key components to this sequence and explain each in detail.

4.) Compare and contrast materialism and dualism as two alternative philosophical explanations for perceptual experience and specify the individuals associated with each perspective.

5.) Discuss the relationship between perception and action. Explain why this relationship is important and include any problems which may result.

6.) Discuss the important "real life" implications for the study of perception.

7.) Discuss the relationship between perceptual experience and reality.

8.) Compare and contrast naive realism, skepticism, and subjective idealism including the individuals associated with each perspective.

9.) Explain Muller's theory, referred to as the doctrine of specific nerve energies, and its contribution to the study of perception.

10.) Discuss in depth the three primary levels of analysis often taken when examining perception and the importance of studying perception from each of these perspectives. In your discussion, specify and explain the primary examples provided for each level.