The Relationship Between Sensation And Perception

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Sensation and perception work together in developing an interpretation of a stimulus to assign meaning to a particular experience or object (Grivas, Down & Carter 1996); however, they are still two individual concepts. Sensation is the passive process of gathering information via any of the five human senses, so that it can be perceived meaningfully (Clause 2015). Perception is the process in which important information gathered by the sensory system is selected and interpreted, so that a subject can assign meaning to it (Butler & McManus 2011). The interaction between the two allows a complete perceptual experience (Grivas, Down & Carter 1996), and the two concepts closely overlap in each of the six stages of the sensory and perceptual systems. …show more content…
The first overlap between sensation and perception during organisation and perception is the influence of expectation during sensation, on the perceptual process. For example, if a person is expecting to feel a texture such as sandpaper but feel the fluffy bunny, their perception of this sensation will often be distorted. Organisation and interpretation, along with each of the previous four processes, occurs for each of the five human senses. Organisation and interpretation are based on subjective views and a persons finished perception of a particular stimulus will reflect their views of the world. There is a distinct overlap between sensation and perception here, as organisation and interpretation is strongly influenced by both the expectations of the subject, and also the features of the sensory data; as previously detected in the process of sensation (Grivas, Down & Carter 1996). The organisation and interpretation of a stimulus relies on the process of sensation to be complete, an example of another link between the two. For example, the sensory system would allow a person to see a light, but without perception they would not be able to perceive that the sun is shining (Grivas, Down & Carter 1996). This proves that sensation directly contributes to the process of

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