The "Hearing Things" game is a perfect example of how we rely on both our auditory and visual systems to understand what someone is saying. Some of things the "deaf" participant believes that the other player is saying is very entertaining! When one is taken away, it becomes much more difficult to understand the person. I work in a large physical therapy outpatient clinic. There, I work with people that I have known for years and can easily have a conversation with them while multitasking. However, there is one therapist who has a thick Russian accent. When I have conversation with him, I now notice that I have to be in close proximity to him and definitely pay closer attention to what he is saying so I can fully understand him. For me, using what I see and hear from this therapist helps me to understand what he is communicating.
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.