• Tony Malim
Part of the Introductory Psychology Series book series (IPS)


At the end of this chapter you should be able to:
  1. 1.

    Distinguish between sensation and perception.

  2. 2.

    Outline some of the factors (such as ‘set’, emotion and motivation) which may determine how the world around us is perceived.

  3. 3.

    Describe how information about a three-dimensional world is processed and how we perceive depth.

  4. 4.

    Describe how objects are perceived and recognised. In particular, indicate what is meant by ‘perceptual constancy’.

  5. 5.

    Evaluate some of the evidence which indicates whether perception is innate or learned.



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Further Reading

  1. N. J. Wade and M. Swanston, Visual Perception ( London: Routledge, 1991 ).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. R. L. Gregory, Eye and Brain, 3rd edition ( London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1977 ).Google Scholar
  3. R. Serpell (for cross-cultural studies of perception), Culture’s Influence on Behaviour ( London: Methuen, 1970 ).Google Scholar
  4. P. K. Smith and H. Cowie (for the nature/nurture of perception), Understanding Children’s Development ( Oxford: Blackwell, 1988 ).Google Scholar

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© Tony Malim 1994

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