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extra-sensory perception
▪ Throughout the forty interviews a clear perception of housework as work emerges.
▪ A clear perception of the choice opportunity. 2.
▪ There is here, somewhat exceptionally, a clear legal perception of the role of the underclass.
▪ Therefore, he brings to the debate a clear perception based on recent experience.
▪ The stiller the mind, the clearer our perceptions become.
Different people may have different perceptions of politics.
▪ A symbol suggests ideas, it brings together different concepts and perceptions.
▪ Two people looking at exactly the same thing may have quite different perceptions depending on experience, background and interest.
▪ Reports suggested that continuing differences over interest rates stemmed from different economic perceptions.
▪ At the time he said never again, but a few years have gone by and he has a different perception.
▪ These models were derived from quite different perceptions of the cultural function of higher education.
▪ But, as we have seen, different species have different perceptions.
▪ Beats varying by social class might mean a different perception.
▪ The press did not reverse general perceptions of party leaders: it sharpened and reinforced images they already had.
▪ Or maybe the spectrum of smells is perceived in some way similar to our human perception of colour.
▪ And his particular death is irrelevant against a million years of human life, insignificant outside human perception.
▪ These distinctive characteristics come from differences in minute quantities of flavouring constituents whose concentrations are at the threshold of human sensory perception.
▪ The frail web of human perceptions was laid bare.
▪ We have to get outside our human perceptions and enter into another world.
▪ But most of his detailed epistemological claims concern adult human perception, which is informed through and through by natural language.
▪ We are in fact attempting to persuade a high-powered calculating machine to imitate the process of human shape perception.
▪ The vase towers bring beauty to the ugliest place, and have altered human perceptions of what is sublime.
▪ Privatisation will not inevitably lead to changes in public perception.
▪ Even stock prices rise and fall according to the public perception of how good the leader is.
▪ The tactic plays to a public perception of Washington as a place that has sold out ordinary citizens.
▪ That could go a long way toward offsetting public perception that regional carriers are less safe.
▪ There were dramatic trends in public perceptions of, for example, the Conservative Party's emphasis on defence.
▪ It also contributed to a negative change in the public perception and image of lawyers.
▪ As most of us know, in the public perception these causes have often been seen as clashing.
▪ Other changes in reporting may be due to shifts in public perceptions of police attitudes towards specific crimes.
▪ Philip continues his show with mind-reading using extra sensory perception charts.
▪ These distinctive characteristics come from differences in minute quantities of flavouring constituents whose concentrations are at the threshold of human sensory perception.
▪ Colour, like all sensory perception, is, as I have pointed out, very much a subjective, mental experience.
▪ Their sensory perception as well as their motor responses - their behaviour - are thus totally consonant with their bodily form and function.
▪ He realized that he was a victim of faulty sensory perception.
▪ It is only an extension of our human form of sensory perception.
▪ All this evidence indicates a central role for InsP 3 in certain forms of sensory perception.
▪ He and Rivers then spent four years mapping the recovery of sensory perception in Head's arm.
▪ Firstly, that there is a change in visual perception.
▪ Conversely a child who is weak in visual perceptions can be helped to use auditory and verbal skills to comprehend other children.
▪ Theories of visual perception have altered significantly in the twentieth century.
▪ The question is whether this system contributes to visual perception in the normal brain.
▪ Let me illustrate this point by introducing some recent work on the topic of visual perception.
▪ Two-year-olds also have to learn how visual perception works.
▪ Any workable theory of visual perception must incorporate this discovery.
▪ Adaptation was expected to be the result of a change in visual perception or the proprioceptive sense of the arm.
▪ When it tells our brains which way our heads are pointing, it affects our perception of stereo and quadraphonic sound.
▪ How does it affect our perception of our needs?
▪ They said my balance was affected, my mental perception of distances, some other things.
▪ Proximity, physical appearance, direction of gaze, and gestures and facial expressions all affect our perceptions of one another.
▪ How do levels affect our perception of relationships?
▪ Thus both history and geography affect perceptions of national interest.
▪ Culture affects perceptions in a much more subtle fashion.
▪ Alcohol affects the perception mechanism of the brain.
▪ Blake thought the burning incense could have been a hallucinogenic drug which was altering his perception.
▪ If you want to improve the relationships in your life, you must take responsibility by altering your perceptions.
▪ The vase towers bring beauty to the ugliest place, and have altered human perceptions of what is sublime.
▪ Taken together, they resemble the range of altered perceptions reported by yogis, Zen masters, and other contemplatives.
▪ Finally, the organization reaches the point where it lacks the resources required to alter the perception of its performance.
▪ It worries me because it alters perception.
▪ He suggested that there are two different approaches based upon the basic perceptions that the manager had of the workforce.
▪ He said much of that information should be based on patients' perceptions, and could be gathered easily with questionnaires.
▪ The courses, examinations and working practices have been based on their perceptions.
▪ As they contrasted expectations with reality they admitted exasperatedly that they had accepted the job based on erroneous perceptions.
▪ Genetic counsellors need to ensure that their decisions are based on accurate perceptions.
▪ When conflicts arise between perception and thought, as in conservation problems, children using preoperational reasoning make judgments based on perception.
▪ However, individuals and often organisations have to make judgements based on their perceptions of likelihood and consequences.
▪ When confronted with a problem that pits perception against reason, her choice is based on perception.
▪ Satisfaction of higher order needs may well change the perception as to what constitutes satisfaction of lower order needs. 7.
▪ It might, in some small way, change our perception of him.
▪ A brand just might change that perception.
▪ Our long-term aim is to change industry's perception of the mathematical sciences and to show the commercial benefits they can offer.
▪ But this approach does nothing to change his basic perception of the world.
▪ But the long recession, together with high unemployment figures and a stagnant housing market, has changed homeowners' perceptions.
▪ But the big guy is working hard to change people's perceptions.
▪ As with all place advertising, the copy addresses those tangible and intangible factors thought to influence perception and location decision-making.
▪ He told himself that this was nonsense; he was allowing his knowledge to influence his perceptions.
▪ Only their own personal prejudices remained to influence their perceptions in one direction or another.
▪ He was convinced that a career lay in sport and reckoned the media influenced his perception of himself.
▪ Rather, it seems voters were strongly influenced by their perception of the competence of their own local authority.
▪ They may act via central pathways that influence the perception of pain.
▪ However, it is important to recall the full list, in order to emphasize the factors that did not influence perceptions.
▪ Previously acquired knowledge influences our perception of events in that it provides frames of references against which current information is judged.
▪ Either way, the choice involves fundamental perceptions of the source and task of theology as such.
▪ Musical ability does involve aspects of auditory perception, but characterizing it in that way alone would be simplistic.
▪ I couldn't even manage the simplest of manipulations involving extra-sensory perception.
▪ It is known as a speech output system because there is evidence that a quite separate lexicon is involved in speech perception.
▪ I was impressed by her perception and her grasp of the facts.
Perceptions are not the same thing as knowledge, but they are what the holder of the perception believes to be knowledge.
▪ He interviewed each senior manager on his perception of the company and the state of the industry.
▪ However, there has been a sea change in the perception of the conventions.
▪ It is clear that for Locke the perception model of faith created an unsatisfactory barrier between those with faith and those without.
▪ Sybase has been suffering from sagging sales and the perception of lagging technology.
▪ Their sensory perception as well as their motor responses - their behaviour - are thus totally consonant with their bodily form and function.
▪ Unfortunately this clear conceptual distinction between perceptions and attitudes is unrealistic.
▪ When conflicts arise between perception and reasoning, the concrete operational child makes judgments based on reasoning.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Perception \Per*cep"tion\, n. [L. perceptio: cf. F. perception. See Perceive.]

  1. The act of perceiving; cognizance by the senses or intellect; apperhension by the bodily organs, or by the mind, of what is presented to them; discernment; apperhension; cognition.

  2. (Metaph.) The faculty of perceiving; the faculty, or peculiar part, of man's constitution by which he has knowledge through the medium or instrumentality of the bodily organs; the act of apperhending material objects or qualities through the senses; -- distinguished from conception.
    --Sir W. Hamilton.

    Matter hath no life nor perception, and is not conscious of its own existence.

  3. The quality, state, or capability, of being affected by something external; sensation; sensibility. [Obs.]

    This experiment discovereth perception in plants.

  4. An idea; a notion. [Obs.]
    --Sir M. Hale.

    Note: ``The word perception is, in the language of philosophers previous to Reid, used in a very extensive signification. By Descartes, Malebranche, Locke, Leibnitz, and others, it is employed in a sense almost as unexclusive as consciousness, in its widest signification. By Reid this word was limited to our faculty acquisitive of knowledge, and to that branch of this faculty whereby, through the senses, we obtain a knowledge of the external world. But his limitation did not stop here. In the act of external perception he distinguished two elements, to which he gave the names of perception and sensation. He ought perhaps to have called these perception proper and sensation proper, when employed in his special meaning.''
    --Sir W. Hamilton.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "receiving, collection," from Latin perceptionem (nominative perceptio) "perception, apprehension, a taking," from percipere "perceive" (see perceive). First used in the more literal sense of the Latin word; in secondary sense, "the taking cognizance of," it is recorded in English from 1610s. Meaning "intuitive or direct recognition of some innate quality" is from 1827.


n. 1 Organization, identification, and interpretation of sensory information. 2 Conscious understanding of something. 3 vision (''ability'') 4 acuity 5 (''cognition'') That which is detected by the five senses; not necessarily understood (imagine looking through fog, trying to understand if you see a small dog or a cat); also that which is detected within consciousness as a thought, intuition, deduction, etc.

  1. n. the representation of what is perceived; basic component in the formation of a concept [syn: percept, perceptual experience]

  2. a way of conceiving something; "Luther had a new perception of the Bible"

  3. the process of perceiving

  4. knowledge gained by perceiving; "a man admired for the depth of his perception"

  5. becoming aware of something via the senses [syn: sensing]

Perception (Blessid Union of Souls album)

Perception is the fourth studio album by the American alternative rock band Blessid Union of Souls, released in 2005 on Ultrax Records.

Perception (company)

Perception was a media entertainment company working in the video games, film and television space. The company claimed to be working on a video game for the PC and console platforms and to be in pre production on an animated television series & Sony PSP game. The company has staff based in Sydney, Melbourne and Vienna.

The company announced via its website in December 2007 that it was working on a licensed game as well as an animated TV series called The Four Horsemen. However, by May 2008, this information had been removed.

Perception (UK TV series)

Perception was an early evening quiz programme which was produced by Granada Television and aired on the ITV network for 1 series in 1989, the programme was hosted by Alison Holloway. It was broadcast between June 29 to August 31 on a Thursday night.

Perception (The Doors album)

Perception is a 40th-anniversary edition 12-disc box set by The Doors. The CDs contain the 1999 remastered editions of all the Jim Morrison albums, while the DVD-Audio discs contain new (2007) "40th Anniversary" stereo and surround remixes of those albums as well as visual extras. Each album includes extra tracks consisting of previously unreleased session outtakes. Exclusive to the box set is a DVD with several live performances and other extras. The title is almost certainly a reference to the Aldous Huxley book The Doors of Perception, which inspired the band's name.

Perception (journal)

Perception is a peer-reviewed scientific journal specialising in the psychology of vision and perception. It is available in print form and online. It publishes primary research from any discipline within the sensory sciences. The journal is indexed in PubMed.

Perception (Art Farmer album)

Perception is an album by flugelhorn player Art Farmer's Quartet, featuring performances recorded in 1961 and originally released on the Argo label.


Perception (from the Latin perceptio, percipio) is the organization, identification, and interpretation of sensory information in order to represent and understand the environment. All perception involves signals in the nervous system, which in turn result from physical or chemical stimulation of the sense organs. For example, vision involves light striking the retina of the eye, smell is mediated by odor molecules, and hearing involves pressure waves. Perception is not the passive receipt of these signals, but is shaped by learning, memory, expectation, and attention.

Perception can be split into two processes. Firstly, processing sensory input, which transforms these low-level information to higher-level information (e.g., extracts shapes for object recognition). Secondly, processing which is connected with a person's concepts and expectations (knowledge) and selective mechanisms ( attention) that influence perception.

Perception depends on complex functions of the nervous system, but subjectively seems mostly effortless because this processing happens outside conscious awareness.

Since the rise of experimental psychology in the 19th Century, psychology's understanding of perception has progressed by combining a variety of techniques. Psychophysics quantitatively describes the relationships between the physical qualities of the sensory input and perception. Sensory neuroscience studies the brain mechanisms underlying perception. Perceptual systems can also be studied computationally, in terms of the information they process. Perceptual issues in philosophy include the extent to which sensory qualities such as sound, smell or color exist in objective reality rather than in the mind of the perceiver.

Although the senses were traditionally viewed as passive receptors, the study of illusions and ambiguous images has demonstrated that the brain's perceptual systems actively and pre-consciously attempt to make sense of their input. There is still active debate about the extent to which perception is an active process of hypothesis testing, analogous to science, or whether realistic sensory information is rich enough to make this process unnecessary.

The perceptual systems of the brain enable individuals to see the world around them as stable, even though the sensory information is typically incomplete and rapidly varying. Human and animal brains are structured in a modular way, with different areas processing different kinds of sensory information. Some of these modules take the form of sensory maps, mapping some aspect of the world across part of the brain's surface. These different modules are interconnected and influence each other. For instance, taste is strongly influenced by smell.

Perception (disambiguation)

Perception is the process of attaining awareness or understanding of sensory information. It can also be explained as how a person feels towards something

Perception may also refer to:

  • Perception (Art Farmer album), a 1961 jazz album
  • Perception (Blessid Union of Souls album), a 2005 alternative rock album
  • Perception (The Doors album), a 2006 psychedelic rock album
  • Perceptions (Dizzy Gillespie album), a 1962 jazz album
  • Perceptions (EP), an experimental album by VersaEmerge
  • Perceptions (This Beautiful Republic album), a 2008 Christian rock album
  • Perception (UK TV series), an early evening quiz programme
  • Perception (U.S. TV series), an American crime drama starring Eric McCormack
  • Perception (journal), a UK scientific journal investigating perception
  • Perception Pty, a media entertainment company
Perception (U.S. TV series)

Perception is an American crime drama television series created by Kenneth Biller and Mike Sussman. The series stars Eric McCormack as Dr. Daniel Pierce, a neuropsychiatrist with schizophrenia who assists the FBI on some of their most complex cases.

The series aired in the United States on the cable channel TNT from July 9, 2012 to March 17, 2015 and was produced by ABC Studios.

On November 13, 2014, Perception was canceled after three seasons. The remaining episodes of season 3 began airing February 17, 2015.

Usage examples of "perception".

When he arrived, because of the strongly anthropic nature of reality, our perceptions caused his particulate structure to begin decaying, changing toward something approximating our own, and he grew more and more human.

In addition, because it is an object of perception for one of them, that which is a common object for all three of them, though differently apprehended, must be an entity which also has physical existence on the bedroom wall.

According to this statement, taken in connection with the hundreds similar to it, Nirwana seems to be a simple mental perception, most difficult of acquirement, and, when acquired, assimilating the whole conscious being perfectly to itself.

Usually she was far ahead of him in her shrewd analysis of the astronaut program, and her witty observations on the other men of the Solid Six were startling in their perceptions.

The degree of attentional vividness corresponds to the ratio of moments of ascertaining to non-ascertaining cognition: the higher the frequency of ascertaining perception, the greater the vividness.

During that same period, the publicity department continued to churn out ream after ream of material about the genius of Lester Barnstorm, the sole creator of The Solar Ballet, thus creating and maintaining a vivid public perception that Barnstorm, the great man, was being unfairly and maliciously attacked by a disgruntled ex-employee.

I felt the insidious tilt at the corners of perception as the tetrameth went barrelling along my synapses, and when it was my turn to do Trepp I almost got lost in the geometries of her face.

Whether she was daunted and confused in her own conscience by the outcome, so evil and disastrous, of the reparation to Rogers which she had forced her husband to make, or whether her perceptions had been blunted and darkened by the appeals which Rogers had now used, it would be difficult to say.

Technically he was not strong as a draughtsman or a brushman, but he had a large feeling for form, great simplicity in line, keen perception of the relations of light and dark, and at times an excellent color-sense.

Murphy and Paul Doherty work at the Exploratorium, a San Francisco museum of science, art, and human perception.

That is, as stability increases, fewer and fewer moments of ascertaining consciousness are focused on any other object, making for a homogeneity of moments of ascertaining perception.

If the powers of the mind are so enormously increased, all that is required of a very sensitive and easily hypnotized person is to hypnotize him or herself, when he will be able to read thoughts and remember or perceive facts hidden to the ordinary perception.

He was spiritually akin to Goethe, also, in that he guarded himself strictly against substituting for the contents of our perception conveyed by nature purely hypothetical entities which, while fashioned after the world of the senses, are, in principle, imperceptible.

Diana Deutsch, which is that the ambiguity in perception of direction of tritone intervals between Shepard tones is a function of absolute pitch modulo octaves, with the function being different for different individuals.

Exactly when the first subtle monition of treachery reached him, by what sense it was conveyed-Hulse never learned, for there were experiences among the finer perceptions that the blind man did not willingly discuss.