Friday, July 15, 2011

Final Post

Throughout this class, the textbook Sensation and Perception has brought about many topics that may be overlooked in everyday life.  This course went in depth throughout the senses and how the brain perceives simple actions such as touching or smelling.  The depth that this course went into brought about a better understanding on what we actually look at, how our brain sends signals to tell us to complete an action, and what exactly leads up to every completion.  In essence, this course is a guidebook to everyday motion, skills, and activities that we don't think twice about during a lifetime.  Without taking this class, you wouldn't understand how interesting looking at a tree is with all the "behind-the-scenes" details.  If you ask me, it's quite intriguing.

My favorite part in the textbook and what we have covered in class would have to be about perceiving color.  In my family, many of the guys are color blind.  Within this chapter, it showed me reasons why color blindness runs in my family, the causes, and other interesting things.  Anyone who is color blind and takes this class will find themselves filled with more information that will not permit them from obtaining a job that they want just because they are colorblind.  Another interesting thing that I found in this chapter is that color vision can provide help in foraging food.  This means that in the future, there could be purple bananas that can last longer, enabling people to be able to throw out less food and keeping more money in their pockets.  It's amazing that color perception is an ironic way to "go green".

As you can see, this course can help many "green" issues going on in the world.  Also, with this class being an online course, it eliminates the waste of unnecessary paper usages and less gas emissions in the air from going back and forth to Stockton.  Who knew that a psychology perception class would have so many additional gains.


  1. Thank you for your post! In my family, my father is also color blind and it definitely comes into play in his daily routines (he is constantly asking us if his clothes match, etc haha). The idea that color perception could change how much money we spend on food was especially interesting. It is definitely exciting that something like our own perceptions can help the world go green!

  2. This was my favorite section of the course as well. I also agree that this course helps us to have a deeper understanding of perceptions which we take for granted.

  3. I also found this chapeter interesting because my nephew is color blind which was inherited from his maternal grandfather. My few experiences with people who have this deficiency in seeing color as proven to side with the statisics that say this condition affects males more frequently than females. My nephew can't tell the difference between browns and greys and purple and greens. This condition affected him greatly when he was the quarterback of his highshcool football team. It was very difficult for him to distinguish the color of jerseys if both teams were wearing dark colors! He was a fabulous quarterback and he pulled through somehow...but I can just imagine the anxiety that can develop when an individual has a dificiency of the cones in the retina causing color blindness.