Perception core study- Haber and Levin 2001

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Aim
To investigate the argument between top-down and bottom up theories of perception.
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Procedure 1
9 male college students participated in a repeated measure design. They were taken to a field which had been divided into 4 sections:
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Procedure 2
1. arrival 2. Real life objects of known size 3. Real life objects that can be different sizes. 4. Two dimensional shapes. Students were asked to look at each section in turn and estimate each items distance.
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Findings
The estimates were most accurate for the items in section 2. The estimates of the other items in section 3 and 4 were not so accurate.
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Conclusion
They concluded it was easier for participants to tell distance of real life objects because they were relying on prior experience. if the nativist
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Criticisms
Unrepresentative sample. Very small. All male participant gender bias. All college students, not easy to generalize the findings.
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9 male college students participated in a repeated measure design. They were taken to a field which had been divided into 4 sections:

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Procedure 1

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1. arrival 2. Real life objects of known size 3. Real life objects that can be different sizes. 4. Two dimensional shapes. Students were asked to look at each section in turn and estimate each items distance.

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The estimates were most accurate for the items in section 2. The estimates of the other items in section 3 and 4 were not so accurate.

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They concluded it was easier for participants to tell distance of real life objects because they were relying on prior experience. if the nativist

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