Sensory Perception

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Annette M. Miller

Professor Maureen O’Bier

PHI 210 – Critical Thinking

January 24, 2013

Strayer University


The human brain is an adaptable organ which may or may not give an accurate view of the world. This may be the result of perception, interpretation, and/or knowledge. The definitions of perception, interpretation and knowledge are very similar being that when it comes to sensory information being accurate or not relies on how people perceive information differently. Many interpret things differently, because what you may see as being true, someone else may not. Knowledge depends on the level of experience the person may have, and sensory data is what you sense through hearing, touching, seeing, smelling, tasting, and feeling (Kirby & Goodpaster, pg 54). Sensory perception is crucial to a healthy, mobile body because the nerves in our body are sending feedback constantly (Baxter, 2013).

All information is collected from our senses in the brain, then organized and used for our activities. Our senses do not surface and therefore our perception becomes misconstrued (Kirby & Goodpaster, 2007, pg 55). Our brain is being shaped when we actively use our senses, even as adults. Our senses feed our brain as much as food feeds our body, as without their input our brain would be empty (Kirby & Goodpaster, pg 54-58).

Experiences we encounter every day would make us believe the accuracy of our sensory perception. At Shoppers Food Warehouse during the holiday season, I saw a man who kept staring at me. He looked familiar but I couldn’t place his face. A while later while we were checking out, he said to me “You don’t remember who I am, do you?” I apologized for not knowing his name, even though I had said hi to him. He then told me his name and after that I remembered him being the brother of a friend of mine. The reason I did not recognize him at first as the fact that he...