p. 152. What gets into our minds? Perception
- Gillian Butler
- and McManus Freda
Should we assume that the world is as we see it and as others see it? Do our senses reflect an objective and shared reality? Psychologists have found this assumption about perception misleading. Taking in information is a complex, active process in which our mind and senses work together. ‘What gets into our minds? Perception’ examines the psychology of perception. How do we choose what information to store and ignore? Attention is a sensitive process and there are many factors that interfere with it. What we actually perceive in combining perception and attention is influenced by internal factors such as emotions and bodily states as well as external factors. Reality as we know it is partly an individual, human construction.