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PSY100H1 - Lecture 1

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Dan Dolderman

Lecture 1 Fundamental Insights of Psychology Tuesday January 10 2012Fundamental Insight 1 Reality is a story told to us by the brain Our brains do not reflect realityA construction or representation of realityInvolves a lot of guesswork filling in the gapsiThis subjective representation occurs within the brainiiConsciousness exist in the brain We only have access to a limited subset of RealityThe limitations of our sensory perceptual systems are due to The sensitivity of our sensory mechanismsOur attentional capacityThere is a limited amount of reality information entering a person at a time the rest is by guesswork unconsciously Perception what our brains make sense ofHow we act is based on perception not based on reality itselfPerception is a process of creative storytelling and inference making We have to fill in a lot of gapsHighly function most of the time allowing our brains to function superefficiently with a small cost of accuracyWe are not directly interacting with reality but rather we are creating a fiction about reality and interacting with this fiction And we hope its a close matchHow does the mind perceive realityPerception is a process of pattern matchin
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