Perception revision booklet

Perception revision booklet which includes:

- Key studies 

- Evaluation points

- Theories 

- Explanations

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Gregory's top down
Gibsons bottom up
Bruce and Young's face recognition
Perceptual development
Infant studies
Cross cultural studies
Depth Perception
Visual constancies

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· Because the sensory input is often ambiguous
or incomplete, past experiences and knowledge influence
our perception
· Top down theory suggests that perception is indirect, as it relies on…read more

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s u p p
- participants were shown contextual scenes (e.g. a
kitchen) and then shown either an appropriate object, a
similar object or a different object
-When shown a mailbox participants frequently
reported seeing a loaf of bread.…read more

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Gibson's bottom up theory
Gibsons bottom up theory suggests that perception is innate.…read more

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Research evidence = Gibson
and Walk
- tested perception on 36, 6 month old infants
- found that babies had a false sense of perception
HOWEVER ...…read more

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Depth Perception Visual constancy
- Gibson + Walk - Bower
studies - Bower - Slater et al
Cross- - Hudson - Segall
cultural - Turnbull (Kenge) - Allport + Pettigrew
Infant study 1 = Gibson and walk
AIM: to investigate whether depth perception is innate or learned
1.…read more

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Gibson and Walk's research has extremely good face validity, as it provides evidence that the
perception of depth and distance is indeed innate
Certainty of perception is difficult in babies because they cannot tell
us what they see, so the experimenter may therefore infer the results
which leads to experimenter bias
Culturally bias - participants were all American so cultural factors may
have influences the results therefore the results lack population
The sample size of this study is too small for the results…read more

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Cross cultural study 1 - Hudson
Aim: To study the influence of culture on depth perception
Procedure: Used Bantu,European and Indian children
- Children shown a set of drawings, each with an
antelope, an elephant and a man with a spear.…read more

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Nature VS Nurture
- Gibson's theory is un-applicable as he agues that perception is innate
- Gregory's theory is ideal, since the environment has evidently caused the difference in
Its been found that pigmentations of the retina varies between skin colours, leading to difficulties in perceiving
objects and edges - Berry (1971)
= links back to culture because high pigmentation in African people may explain why they are less likely to `see'
certain visual illusions - cultural differences may be due to nature…read more

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Bruce and Young's Theory of face recognition…read more


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