Flashcards in Chapter 6 Vocab Deck (41)
the process of organizing and interpreting sensory information, enabling us to recognize meaningful objects and events
The focusing of conscious awareness on a particular stimulus, as in the cocktail party effect
Cocktail Party Effect
your ability to attend to only one voice among many (though let another voice speak your name and your cognitive radar will instantly bring that voice into consciousness)
failing to see visible objects when our attention is directed elsewhere
inattentional blindness (gorilla in room, directions)
inattentional deafness (list of challenging words, voice change)
The failure to notice our selection of a particular stimulus has changed.
Exhibiting denial to failing viticim to a hypothetical experiment
when a strikingly distinct stimulus, such as a smiling face in a crowd of crying people, draws our attention. Not our choice.
reveal the ways we normally organize and interpret our sensations
the tendency for vision to dominate the other senses
an organized whole. Gestalt psychologists emphasized our tendency to integrate pieces of information into meaningful wholes
the organization of the visual field into objects (the figures) that stand out from their surroundings (the ground)
the perceptual tendency to organize stimuli into coherent groups
we group nearby figures together. (we see not six separate lines, but three sets of two lines)
we group together figures that are similar to each other. (we see the triangles and circles as vertical columns of similar shapes, not as horizontal rows of dissimilar shapes)
we perceive smooth, continuous patterns rather than discontinuous ones. (this pattern could be a series of alternating semicircles, but we perceive it as two continuous lines-one wavy, one straight)
because they are uniform and linked, (we perceive the two dots and the line between them as a single unit)
We perceive things as uniform and linked, as a single unit
we fill in gaps to create a complete, whole object
the ability to see objects in 3-D although the images that strike the retina are 2-D; allows us to judge distance
a laboratory device for testing depth perception in infants and young animals
depth cues, such as retinal disparity and convergence, that depend on the use of two eyes
a binocular cue for perceiving depth: by comparing images from the two eyeballs, the brain computes distance-the greater the disparity (difference) between the two images, the closer the object
a binocular cue for perceiving depth; the extent to which the eyes converge inward when looking at an object. The greater the inward strain, the closer the object.
depth cues, such as interposition and linear perspective, available to either eye alone.
The one that casts the smaller retinal image is perceived as further away
If one object partially blocks our view of another, we perceive it as closer.
Light from distance objects passes through more atmosphere, we perceive hazy objects as farther away than sharp, clear objects.
A gradual change from a coarse, distinct texture to a fine indistinct texture signals increasing distance