AP Notes, Outlines, Study Guides, Vocabulary, Practice Exams and more!

Sensory system

AP Psychology Perception

No votes yet

Perception If sensation is the bottom-up process of converting environmental energy into central nervous system messages, perception is the top-down process to make sense of those messages. Computers and robots simply detect and respond based on a network of predetermined rules. As humans, our previous experiences, opinions, and expectations mold fundamental sensations into individual perceptions; foods have a personal taste, certain music inspires emotion, colors affect our moods. Selective attention, sometimes labeled the cocktail party effect, is the ability to focus our concentration on specific stimuli. We mask the chaos of surrounding sensations and focus our attention on what we interpret to be important.
Subscribe to RSS - Sensory system

Need Help?

We hope your visit has been a productive one. If you're having any problems, or would like to give some feedback, we'd love to hear from you.

For general help, questions, and suggestions, try our dedicated support forums.

If you need to contact the Course-Notes.Org web experience team, please use our contact form.

Need Notes?

While we strive to provide the most comprehensive notes for as many high school textbooks as possible, there are certainly going to be some that we miss. Drop us a note and let us know which textbooks you need. Be sure to include which edition of the textbook you are using! If we see enough demand, we'll do whatever we can to get those notes up on the site for you!