Sensation and Perception

The visual system constructs a mental representation of the world around us.

Vision and hearing have received an incredible amount of attention from researchers over the years.

Our auditory system converts pressure waves into meaningful sounds.

Visual and auditory stimuli both occur in the form of waves. Although the two stimuli are very different in terms of composition, wave forms share similar characteristics that are especially important to our visual and auditory perceptions.

In the early part of the 20th century, Max Wertheimer published a paper demonstrating that individuals perceived motion in rapidly flickering static images —an insight that came to him as he used a child’s toy tachistoscope.

The difference between our perception and our sensation.

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