As these elements play a significant role of perceiving the world around me, it is very hard to distrust the reality. However, it was not a long ago that I began to ponder about this issue more profoundly.
We assume that the external world maps perfectly onto our internal view of it—an expectation that is reinforced by daily experience. Or I see a chartreuse-yellow tennis ball on the lawn, pick it up and throw it.
Reassuringly, my dog appears to share my veridical view of reality: That there should be a match between perception and reality is not surprising, because evolution ruthlessly eliminates the unfit. Whether you are diving into rocky waters or driving on a narrow, two-lane road with cars whizzing by in the opposite direction, small mistakes can be lethal.
You probably believe that your eyes register high-fidelity information about the absolute size, speed and distance of visible objects and that you respond based on these impartial data.
But although we build robots in this manner—equipping them with sensors and computers to plumb the metric properties of their environments—evolution has taken a more complex route. As psychologists and neuroscientists have discovered over the past several decades, our consciousness provides a stable interface to a dizzyingly rich sensory world.
Underneath this interface lurk two vision systems that work in parallel. Both are fed by the same two sensors, the eyeballs, yet they serve different functions.
One system is responsible for visual perception and is necessary for identifying objects—such as approaching cars and potential mates—independent of their apparent size or location in our visual field. The other is responsible for action: We consciously experience only the former, but we depend for our survival on both.
When driving in the mountains, have you ever noticed a discrepancy between the slope described on the yellow road sign and your sense that the incline is actually much steeper? Proffitt of the University of Virginia and his then graduate student Jessica Witt did. Being scientists and not philosophers, they designed an experiment to find out why.
Proffitt and Witt stood at the base of hills on campus and asked passing students to estimate their steepness in two ways.
Subjects had to align the diameter line on a flat disk to the slant of the hill. In the first part of the test, which relied on visual cues alone, subjects badly overestimated, interpreting a degree slant as a much steeper, degree one.
The same discrepancy occurred when subjects wore a heavy backpack, were elderly, or were in poor physical condition or declining health. In another variant of the experiment, Proffitt had subjects stand on top of a hill on either a skateboard or a wooden box the same height as the skateboard.
Participants were instructed to look down the hill and judge, both visually and manually, its grade. They were also asked how afraid they felt to descend the hill.
Fearful participants standing on the skateboard judged the hill to be steeper than did the braver souls standing on the box. Yet the visually guided action measurement was unaffected by fear. Proffitt argues that perception is not fixed: Your conscious perception of slant depends on your current ability to walk up or down hills—hard work that should not be undertaken lightly.
If you are tired, frail, scared or carrying a load, your assessment of the hill—the one that guides your actions—will differ from what you see. Not by choice, but by design. It is the way you are wired. The Witt-Proffitt team published another report on the observation, well known in sports lore, that baseball players perceive the ball to be larger when they are hitting well and smaller when they are on a losing streak.
In their experiment, 23 volunteers had to kick an American football through the field goal from the yard line.
After a warm-up, participants were asked to judge the height and width of the goal by adjusting a handheld, scaled-down model of the goal made out of PVC pipes. They then each performed 10 kicks. Immediately after the final kick, participants repeated the perceptual measurement.
The result was striking.
Before kicking, both groups had the same perception of the size of the goal incidentally, an inaccurate one:My Higher Self: Understanding Reflection and Perception.
However you perceive others, this is always a reflection of you. And how you respond and react to others will be your own awareness of yourself. Reflections on Perception of Reality I have always believed in what I saw, what I heard, and what I experienced.
As these elements play a significant role of perceiving the world around me, it is very hard to distrust the reality.
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Reflections on Perception of Reality I have always believed in what I saw, what I heard, and what I experienced. As these elements play a significant role of perceiving the world around me, it is very hard to distrust the reality.
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