Psychology - Palmer (1975) - Perception

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1. What was the independent variable?

  • Whether verbal labels were heard or not
  • The four conditions of the context - recognising loaf after seeing kitchen (appropriate), recognising mailbox after kitchen (inappropriate, similar), recognising drum after kitchen (inappropriate, different) and no context
  • The type of task
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2. Did participants identify more objects after seeing an appropriate or inappropriate context?

  • Appropriate context
  • Inappropriate context

3. Weaknesses of the study

  • Participants what they were doing (may have tried harder) and fewer results since some data could not be used.
  • Unfamiliar material chosen and changes over time unfair.
  • Real life not as ambiguous as stimuli and studies not generalisable.

4. Strengths of the study

  • Control group used, lots of evidence and findings supported by recent evidence
  • Instructions, inaccurate data did not affect results and time taken to remember each object the same.
  • Done many times and other stories were used.

5. What is a perceptual set?

  • When a piece of information is passed from one person to another
  • The tendency to notice some things more than others.
  • When a participant is given a story to remember


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