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organization of visual field into objects that stand out from surroundings


group nearby figures together


group similar figures together


fill in gaps to create a whole object


perceive smooth, continuous patterns

Depth Perception

ability to see in objects in 3 dimensions; judge distance

Binocular Cues

depth cues that depend on the use of 2 eyes

Monocular Cues

depth cues available to either eye alone

Retinal Disparity

binocular cue for perceiving depth; greatest diff b/w 2 images


simultaneous inward movement of both eyes toward each other, usually in an effort to maintain single binocular vision when viewing an object


extrasensory perception; the controversial claim that perception can occur apart from sensory input


mind over matter, for example levitating a table


mind to mind communication


perceiving remote events


perceiving the future


the process by which our sensory receptors receive info from our environment


the process of interpreting info received from our environment

absolute threshold

minimum stimulation needed to detect a particular stimulus 50% of the time

difference threshold

minimum diff. b/w 2 stimuli required for detection 50% of the time

sensory adaptation

diminished sensitivity as a consequence of constant stimulation

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