What is perception?

Anna Piskunova
Anna Piskunova
February 5, 2015
What is perception?

Sometimes, without noticing ourselves, we use such words to convey our own feelings, the meaning of which we hardly think about. You can see how a person says: "I feel, I perceive, I imagine, etc.".

Let us dwell on one word from this series and try to understand what is perception and what it means to perceive.

What is perception: the definition

The human psyche is often compared with a mirror, which reflects the actual reality. There are, of course, distortions, but in general the principle of operation is somewhat similar. Whether we see an object, feel any smell, there is confidence that we can characterize the object or the smell. Also because, probably, not a single object of reality possesses a single property, but more often there is a combination of properties and interrelations.

If the sensation is caused by the action of individual characteristics and the point effect on any sensitive receptors, then the perception is like the resultant of all sensations, as a result of the action of which an image arises.Both processes are responsible for sensual reflection of reality. And therefore we can speak of visual, tactile, auditory, tactile, olfactory and gustatory perception.

Thus, perception is a mental process, the essence of which consists in the integral reflection of objects or phenomena of reality with a direct impact on the senses. Perception in this case performs the function of receiving and processing information, which comes from a sensitive system for processing in the brain, as well as for further work of higher mental processes, such as memory, attention, thinking and emotional sphere.