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Experience and Visual Perception and Color Spectrum Vision

How does experience affect visual perception? Provide an example in your response.

How is the brain capable of seeing a spectrum of color when the eye only contains three types of color detectors?

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Experience affects our visual perception in a number of ways. The brain does not fully process all the visual information it receives; there is too much incoming information. Many optical illusions are based on this fact. As a shortcut, the brain's visual processing centers make some reasonable assumptions about the way the world looks. For instance, everyone has a blind spot in each eye, where the optic nerve enters through the retina. When you look at something, though, you never see an empty area where your blind spot is. Your brain fills in the information. If you are looking at a computer screen, the brain will assume that the part of the screen that is in your blind spot looks pretty much like the rest of the screen that you can ...

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The solution gives examples of how experience affects our visual processing and describes the functions of the three types of color receptors in the eye and how they function together to provide a complete color spectrum. 516 words.