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What You See Is What You've Learned
Sensation and perception, two related fields of study in psychology. Sensation is the
power to receive information from your surroundings through your senses. Perceptual con-
stancies is the ability to filter and organize all the information taken in by our senses. Shape
constancy gives us the ability to realize the shape of an object does not change when the angle
of vision changes. Size constancy is the realization that an objects size does not change reg-
ardless of the distance from you. Another type organizational stategy is figure-ground. This is
the ability to distinguish the back-ground from the object of focus. With these organizational
stategies, questions arise pertaining to the extent and origin of these abilities. Is our ability to
perceive figure-ground relationships present from birth, or are they tought to us in our learn-
ing stages of early developement?
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