I really enjoyed reading the first chapter of this book. I was intrigued by the idea of humans using echolocation as a way of navigation. It was to my surprise that humans actually use this technique on a daily basis and are exceptionally well at using it. I only ever knew that animals such as bats and dolphins were capable of this technique to navigate, so it was amazing to read and research that not only blind people can use this technique, but so can someone who is not blind. I did perform the small tests that the book mentioned to do in order to understand how echolocation works and how it can be used to my benefit, especially when navigating in the dark. I did not think I was capable of understanding how it worked or if it would work for me in general, but it did work and once I got it down, I showed a few of my family members who were very impressed. I believe this is an excellent technique that many non-seeing people and seeing people should be taught so it can help in scenarioes where it may be dark, or a dangerous situation where someone cannot be verbal when say coming up against a bear and trying to navigate around it. I also believe this will make daily activities and getting around for blind people much easier and safer.
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.