In this learning pathway we will explore some of the foundational concepts of sensation and perception. We will also explore one of the major methods of perceptual research: psychophysics. As you make your way through this learning pathway notice that while perception is complicated, it is possible to measure people’s perceptual experiences reliably and validly.


Sensation & Perception

Dr. Dukewich provides a brief orientation to this learning pathway on sensation and perception.

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Pathway Learning Outcomes

By the end of this learning pathway you should be able to:

  • Define sensation & perception and explain how they relate to the concepts of top-down & bottom-up processing
  • Define psychophysics and recognize new examples
  • Compare & contrast absolute thresholds and difference thresholds
  • Describe the elements of the perceptual process framework