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Sioux Falls Feminists endorse Understanding the Secrets of
Human Perception
for explaining how complex and
important they really are to our brain.

Understanding the Secrets of
Human Perception
Lectures by Professor Peter M. Vishton

Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception (2011)
24 lectures, 12 hours
Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception at TheGreatCourses.com

Your senses aren't just a part of you - they define you. Nothing that you experience in your life, from the most important to the most mundane, would be possible without the intricate power of your senses. But how much about them do you really know?

Your ability to sense and perceive the world around you is so richly detailed and accurate as to be miraculous. No other animal, no expertly designed supercomputer - nothing in the entire universe of scientific exploration can even come close to matching the ability of your brain to use information sensed by your eyes, ears, skin, tongue, and nose to produce a rich sensory experience in a matter of milliseconds.

And in recent years, neurobiologists and other scientists have uncovered new insights into how your senses work and all the amazingly complex and fascinating things they can do, whether you're aware of them or not. Knowing how your senses work and the ways they shape how you see, interact with, and understand your life will help you think more critically about everything you sense and perceive, strengthen your appreciation for the everyday marvels of your senses, prepare you to be active consumers of new scientific evidence on how our senses work, and much more.

Discover the secret life of your senses with Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception, an intriguing and unforgettable 24-lecture course delivered by award-winning Professor Peter M. Vishton of The College of William & Mary - a masterful educator who has spent several decades immersed in exploring the frontiers of human perception. With him as your authoritative guide, you'll

  • consider each of your senses from a wide range of perspectives,
  • explore how your brain processes different sensory information,
  • consider how your senses work together and within the real-world context of the environment around you, and
  • discover how your senses connect you to the world and to other people.

Discover Why There's More to Your Senses than You Ever Imagined

Professor Peter M. Vishton is an engaging instructor devoted to exploring the secret life of the senses and is Associate Professor of Psychology at the College of William and Mary. Professor Vishton's research on infant and adult perception has been funded by such prestigious organizations as the U.S. National Science Foundation. The findings from his detailed studies have been published in the top journals in the field of psychology. Among these are Psychological Science and the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

24 Lectures - 30 minutes each

1: Your Amazing, Intelligent Senses 13: Perception in Action
2: The Physiological Hardware of Your Senses 14: Attention and Perception
3: Neuroimaging - The Sensory Brain at Work 15: Kinesthetic Perception
4: Brain Modules - Subcomponents of the Senses 16: Seeing, Remembering, Inferring Infants
5: Perceiving a World in Motion 17: How Infants Sense and Act On Their World
6: Seeing Distance and Depth 18: Illusions and Magic
7: Seeing Color and Light 19: Perceiving Emotion in Others and Ourselves
8: Your World of Taste and Olfaction 20: Sensing the Thoughts of Others - ESP
9: Hearing the World around You 21: Opponent Process for Perception and Life
10: Speech and Language Perception 22: Synesthesia - Tasting Color and Seeing Sound
11: Touch - Temperature, Vibration, and Pressure 23: How Your Sensory Systems Learn
12: Pain - How It Works for You 24: Fixing, Replacing, and Enhancing the Senses


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Understanding the Secrets of
Human Perception
Lectures by Professor Peter M. Vishton

Sioux Falls Feminists endorse Understanding the Secrets of
Human Perception
for explaining how complex and
important they really are to our brain.