Chapter 5: Sensing and Perceiving

Short Answer/Essay Questions

Try these AFTER you have thoroughly studied the chapter.  You should not have to look back at the text to answer them (only to check your answer!).  Remember, the point is NOT to memorize parts of the textbook but rather to understand the material and describe it in your OWN WORDS.

If you are going to write more than a couple of paragraphs, think about the structure of your answer.

  1. How do we see? Identify the key structures involved in visual processing and describe their role in vision.
  2. Choose two gestalt principles and describe (with examples) how they contribute to our perception.
  3. How have psychologists investigated absolute and difference thresholds?
  4. How have psychologists demonstrated the role of expectations in perception?

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