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Perceiving Is Believing: Crash Course Psychology #7

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Perceiving Is Believing: Crash Course Psychology #7


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What does perception even mean? What is the difference between seeing something and making sense of it? In today's episode of Crash Course Psychology, Hank gives us some insight into the differences between sensing and perceiving.

Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 9-12
4 ) Describe the interconnected processes of sensation and perception.

•  Explaining the role of sensory systems in human behavior, including sight, sound, smell, touch, and pain
•  Explaining how what is perceived can be different from what is sensed, including how attention and environmental cues can affect the ability to accurately sense and perceive the world
•  Describing the role of Gestalt principles and concepts in perception
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Strand: Elective
Course Title: Psychology
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
  • Explain how sensation and perception are interconnected.
  • Analyze the impact of attention and environmental cues on successful sensation and perception.
  • Evaluate the functions and limits of sensory systems.
  • Evaluate the impact of damage to a particular sensory system.
  • Identify monocular and binocular depth cues in the world around them or in 2D media.
  • Offer real-world examples of Gestalt grouping principles.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • sensation
  • bottom-up processing
  • top-down processing
  • perception
  • absolute threshold
  • difference threshold (just noticeable difference)
  • signal detection
  • sensory adaptation
  • selective attention
  • cornea
  • iris
  • pupil
  • lens
  • retina
  • accommodation
  • receptor cells
  • rods
  • cones
  • optic nerve
  • blind spot
  • trichromatic theory of color vision
  • opponent-process theory of color vision
  • pitch
  • cochlea
  • hair cells
  • auditory nerve
  • kinesthetic sense
  • vestibular sense
  • gate-control theory of pain
Students know:
  • The basic anatomy of sensory systems.
  • The brain regions responsible for processing sensory information.
Students are able to:
  • Summarize complex concepts in sensation and perception into simpler, but still accurate, terms.
  • Demonstrate phenomena in sensation and perception using multistep procedures and taking precise measurements and analyzing the results compared to information presented in the text or in research.
  • Determine the meanings of terms related to sensation and perception.
  • Associate terms that specifically relate to a particular sensory systems - vision, hearing, taste, touch, smell, kinesthesis, balance, and pain detection.
  • Explain how a situation is sensed and perceived using a particular sensory system and/or interaction of sensory systems.
  • Evaluate how environmental cues impact the processes of sensation and perception.
Students understand that:
  • Sensation and perception are interconnected.
  • Sensory systems work to get information into the brain.
  • Perception is influenced by environmental cues and attention.
  • Gestalt grouping principles and depth cues influence sensation and perception.
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Author: Ginger Boyd