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Differences Between Perception and Sensation

Provide a description of the most crucial differences between perception and sensation. Also give an example of how context may affect pain perception. Explain two potential costs and two potential benefits of pain perception.

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Sensation leads to perception. Sensation is the raw receiving of stimuli: I can feel the touch of my keyboard, the light from the monitor hits my retina in my eyes, I can hear the clicking of the keyboard with my ears as it vibrates my eardrum. These are sensations, the stimulation of our receptors. A sound is just as sound until we comprehend what it's coming from, a brush against my arm is simply that until I know what is touching me. That is perception - making sense of our sensations.

Perception requires the processing of sensations by the brain, it requires that we understand the context within which the sensations exist. I can understand that the light from my monitor is because I am using my computer, that the changes in the light are from the sentences I'm typing right now, because I've seen this happen the first time, and every time, I type something on a computer. One can also look at this ...

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The differences between perception and sensations are determined. Two potential costs and two potential benefits of pain perceptions are provided.