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Sensation and Perception

How does sensation and perception affect learning? Provide an example of each.

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1. How does sensation and perception affect learning? Provide an example of each.

Sensation and perception are different, but both are implicated in the learning process. For example, we make contact with the world around us through our five primary senses - sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. Psychologists distinguish between sensation and perception. Sensation is the pickup of information by our sensory receptors, for example the eyes, ears, skin, nostrils, and tongue. Perception is how we interpret this information. Thus, both sensation and perception are involved in learning because first we sense the world of objects through one of our five senses, and then through interpretation we learn the new information and store it in memory.

Sensation and perception affect learning through the five senses:

In vision, for example, sensation occurs as rays of light are collected by the two eyes and focused on the retina. In hearing, sensation occurs as waves of pulsating air are collected by the outer ear and transmitted through the bones of the middle ear to the cochlear nerve. Perception is the interpretation of what is sensed. The physical events transmitted to the retina may be interpreted as a particular color, pattern, or shape. The physical events picked up by the ear may be ...

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