To prepare for this discussion, please read Chapters 2 and 3 of your textbook. In addition, watch Perspective: Brain Games (Season 6) and the Charlie Chaplin Optic Illusion and read “Culture and Point of View”. Additionally, review the weekly Instructor Guidance and any relevant Announcements. In this discussion, you will consider the important role the brain plays in perceiving sensory information by describing perception, examining individual experience, recognizing cultural differences, and applying this content to your own life experiences.
The brain is a marvelous tool that helps us interpret the many experiences we encounter on a daily basis. Yet, our perception may be vastly different than the reality of the sensory cues we receive.
- Watch Perspective: Brain Games (Season 6), which explores the way in which the brain actively constructs reality. In addition, view theCharlie Chaplin Optic Illusion.
- Read “Culture and Point of View”.
- Discuss perception. In your discussion, include the following:
- Distinguish between “sensation” and “perception”. Identify some of the major structures in the brain that are responsible for these processes.
- Identify some of the important cues the brain uses to make sense of the world.
- Examine why the brain sometimes perceives things differently than they actually are. Point out an example other than those given in the required sources for the week.
- Indicate possible cultural explanations for differences in perceptual experience based on your resources and your experiences (see “Culture and Point of View”).
- Remember to use your own academic voice and apply in-text citations appropriately throughout your post
Post your initial response of 250 words or more by
Day 3 (Thursday)
. Respond to at least two of your peers by
Day 7 (Monday)
. You are encouraged to post one or more of your required replies early each week (e.g., by Saturday) to stimulate more meaningful and interactive discourse in the discussion forum. In addition, strive to provide a response to classmates who replied to your initial post and/or the Instructor (if applicable). Peer responses may vary in length but should be carefully crafted and insightful. Below are some suggestions to assist your thinking.
Reply to two or more peers overall. The goal of the discussion forum is to foster continual dialogue, similar to what might occur in a verbal face-to-face exchange. Consider the following questions in your responses:
- How are your experiences similar to or different than those offered by your peers? Can you offer additional examples?
- Can you think of any cultural influences that might affect sensation and perception?
- How might damage to different parts of the brain impact various processes related to sensation and perception?