My mom showed me this optical illusion when I was younger, by artist Charles Allan Gilbert, and told me that we choose what we want to see. We can choose to see the skull, or death, or we can choose to see the vanity which can symbolize beauty. Our perception and outlook on life has a lot to do with our emotions. Having a positive mood encourages a positive environment.When people first see this painting, some say they see the vanity first while others say they see the skull first. I wonder if their initial thought of the painting determines their perception. It makes sense to think that having a positive perception on life results in seeing the positives in our surroundings. However, holding a negative perception no doubt will encourage seeing the negatives in every day life.
Reference Zadra, J. R., & Clore, G. L. (2011). Emotion and Perception: The Role of Affective Information. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Cognitive Science, 2(6), 676–685. http://doi.org/10.1002/wcs.147
The psychology of Perception involves the interaction of our senses and our conscious mind. Perception is involved in every aspect of our lives as we make decisions and judgments based on what we experience. If you study diligently you will leave this course with a broad understanding of sensation and perception. From this general understanding you will be able to further investigate areas of interest by means of literature review and research on specific topics.