Using Art to Introduce Sensation and Perception. Las Meninas Las Meninas
(Spanish for The Maids of Honour) is a 1656 painting by Diego Velázquez, the leading artist of the Spanish Golden Age, in the Museo del Prado in Madrid. The work's complex and enigmatic composition raises questions about reality and illusion, and creates an uncertain relationship between the viewer and the figures depicted. Because of these complexities, Las Meninas has been one of the most widely analyzed works in Western painting.
6-8% of the AP Exam
Ernst Weber- 1795-1878
First quantitative law of psychology
There is a constant proportion (not constant amount) between the threshold and the stimulus that can be detected.
In order for a change in stimulus to be detected, the amount of change needed depends on the present level of stimulation
There exists controversy as to whether people actually attend to the information presented below absolute threshold. Will it impact behavior?
Opponent Process Theory-
Two color process as in red vs. green
What are these senses?
Organ of corti
How do we locate sounds in our environment?
Binaural (two ears)
This is measured by cps
Why do nails on a chalkboard irritate?
Lengthy exposure of 90 db causes permanent damage
110 db for 30 minutes causes permanent damage
120 db for 5 minutes causes permanent damage
Taste and smell are referred to as the chemical sense as they respond to the same environmental stimuli.
Other influences may be smell, temperature or “touch”
Current research does not support the belief that specialized receptor cells for each of the four senses exist
The Ganzfeld Effect
Time Perception Eagleman
The tendency to organize the visual field into objects (figures) that stand apart from surroundings (back ground)
Laws of grouping:
See provided instructions
Picasso’s Representation of Las Meninas
Also called Form perception
Refers to recognition and identification of faces, words, shapes, melodies and such