CMN 2130: Lecture #7 02/01/2013
Chapter 3: Perception and Interpersonal Communication:
Perception: The process of understanding or making sense of our sensory experiences.
Interpersonal perception: The process of selecting, organizing, and interpreting our observations of
Stage One: Selecting
Simplifying stimuli that flood in through our senses
Screening out constant sensations
Focusing on those we deem important
Stage Two: Organizing
Grouping, dividing, organizing, separating, and categorizing information (punctuate)
Placing familiar structures on information (superimpose)
Filling in gaps (closure)
The Perception Process continued:
Stage Three: Interpreting
Assigning meaning to what we observe
Improving Interpersonal Communication through Perception:
Passive perception: Occurs because your senses are in operation.
Active perception: Occurs because you seek out specific information through observation or
questioning. How we organize and Interpret Perceptions:
Impression Formation: We form global perspectives we have of others based upon general qualities,
behaviours, and disclosed information.
Implicit Personality Theory: We form our own personal general theory about the way people think