Topics: Sense, Sensory system, Psychology Pages: 2 (413 words) Published: October 28, 2014
Can you really trust your senses and the interpretation of sensory data to give you an accurate view of the world? Describe and discuss the accuracy and the weaknesses of the human senses as they pertain to thinking in general and to your own thinking in particular.

What is Perceptions? The process by which people translate sensory impressions into a coherent and unified view of the world around them. Though necessarily based on incomplete and unverified (or unreliable) information, perception is equated with reality for most practical purposes and guides human behavior in general. Perception can be defined as our recognition and interpretation of sensory information. Perception also includes how we respond to the information. We can think of perception as a process where we take in sensory information from our environment and use that information in order to interact with our environment. Perception allows us to take the sensory information in and make it into something meaningful.

Our past experiences can influence our perception of sensory information. For example if someone has been cheated on or mistreated by a partner and has insecure issues, seeing their present partner talking to the opposite sex could be a problem for them without even knowing what the conversation is about all because of their past experience. People think about the things that has happen to them and sometimes it becomes there life and perception of the world. Environmental influences may distort our interpretation of the data the organ is sending to us. Our senses may tell his that’s its ok to go for a run in the park after dark, because it’s something we do daily, but someone could be in the park waiting for you to take your daily run into the park. We as humans can be so caught up in our daily routine not thinking about the things that could happen that’s not of norm. People see and hear things different what others may see as...
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