Sensation and Perception
As we began the experiment, there was a tranquil and quiet environment. But as time passed disturbances and laughs were affecting how well I was able to distinguish the food and even the smells. According to the signal detection theory, the environment, our moods and attitudes play a great role in determining what we can or cannot distinguish. Although I was not able to detect some of the food and smells, I was able to distinguish most of them. I believe that being able to identify something in detail by how they feel, smell, or taste is connected to the Absolute threshold theory.
I experienced emotions of suspense, uncomfortableness, and fear. I have never been put in a situation where I had no control over what I ate, touch, or smell. When I first placed the bandana over my eyes, I felt uncomfortable and weird. As a child I never liked to have my eyes covered, consequently, I was a bit afraid doing it now as a young adult. When I was given a different food to eat or a different thing to smell I got goose bumps, perhaps of suspense. Usually, when I go to a restaurant I don’t like to try new or exotic foods, so when doing this experiment I was afraid of the things that I was going to be eating.
If the bandana were to remain on me for longer, I would feel incapacitated. I do not think that I would cope without this particular sense. I love being independent and I would feel worthless if other people had to do things for me. Most of the time, I use my computer to do my work, without eyesight I would have to adapt to a new lifestyle. I truly admire those who are able to have a normal life without their eyesight. I have never met anyone without this particular sense, but I would love to. I bet their life is harder than mine. Learning about their experiences would help me and many others appreciate and value our lives the way they are.