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.




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