Chapter 4 Sense Perception

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The mind is malleable and can therefore not be used as a mental recorder, said Lesley Stahli. There has been no truer statement, a person’s recognition of visual perception can be altered by the smallest of stimuli. In the video jennifer Thompson, a rape victim, wrongly accused a man named Ronald Cotton as her attacker under the claim of having seen the attacker. She was even sat in front of her real attacker but still looked at Mr.cotton. Over 75% of people accused by eye witnesses were wrongly accused. I believe that we see what we want to see and with every event we create some solution in order to make sense of it in our minds and when asked to recall from our minds we may feel some sort of pressure to get it right so we form things in …show more content…
I believe that rather than using perception to attach meaning, we use it to validate what we saw, felt, tasted, or smelt because it is our nature to create meanings for events. With Ms. Thompson her vision had strong emotion attached to it and I believe that although the right man was not there in her anger to get revenge she chose the person who looked closest to the man and convinced herself it was right and when the investigator himself told her she chose the same man twice that provided her with the validation she needed to fully convince herself it was right. Even without him saying that I believe she would have found other means of validation even from herself. For example when I am taking a test and two answers seem almost identical I chose the first thing that comes in mind and based off the second question if it’s a follow-up I validate my answer or I find some way to convince myself it was the right answer using the context of the question. Sometimes I find that my whole interpretation of the text changes to fit my answer, my mind unintentionally makes corrections. This could be what happened to Ms. thompson when she saw the real attacker yet did not recognize …show more content…
Last year in English we learned about the Scottsboro boys case where several African American men were accused by a white woman of rape. The only thing different from this and the Thompson case is that the alleged victim did not make a genuine mistake she knew fairly that she was lying, the fault lay in the justice system. Because the men were black they were already stereotyped to be violent and no matter what would be guilty of some crime (they basically started off with no case), and even without evidence of injury or semen the jury convicted those boys. My theory of this was that due to the negative emotions and experiences that people in those days had tied to black people their mind somehow made everything that was and was not presented to them meaningless since it was already in their heads that they were guilty by default. In the beginning I said ‘we see what we want to see’ but now I must add on ‘we believe what we want to believe’; we have free will. The jury wanted to believe the men were guilty since they were all southern males who did not favor people of color as well as there was an ‘eyewitness’. In addition I

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