Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception

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Professor Peter M. Vishton, Ph.D.
The College of William & Mary
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Your senses aren't just a part of you—they define you. Nothing that you experience in your life, from the most important to the most mundane, would be possible without the intricate power of your senses. But how much about them do you really know?

Your ability to sense and perceive the world around you is so richly detailed and accurate as to be miraculous. No other animal, no expertly designed supercomputer—nothing in the entire universe of scientific exploration can even come close to matching the ability of your brain to use information sensed by your eyes, ears, skin, tongue, and nose to produce a rich sensory experience in a matter of milliseconds.

And in recent years, neurobiologists and other scientists have uncovered new insights into how your senses work and all the amazingly complex and fascinating things they can do, whether you're aware of them or not. Knowing how your senses work and the ways they shape how you see, interact with, and understand your life will help you think more critically about everything you sense and perceive, strengthen your appreciation for the everyday marvels of your senses, prepare you to be active consumers of new scientific evidence on how our senses work, and much more.

Discover the secret life of your senses with Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception, an intriguing and unforgettable 24-lecture course delivered by award-winning Professor Peter M. Vishton of The College of William & Mary—a masterful educator who has spent several decades immersed in exploring the frontiers of human perception. With him as your authoritative guide, you'll

  • consider each of your senses from a wide range of perspectives,
  • explore how your brain processes different sensory information,
  • consider how your senses work together and within the real-world context of the environment around you, and
  • discover how your senses connect you to the world and to other people.

Discover Why There's More to Your Senses than You Ever Imagined

"Perception feels so easy and functions so automatically that many people assume there must not be much to it," notes Professor Vishton at the start of this course. "Let me assure you that there is." And while this subject is one of great scientific depth, it is made accessible and approachable by Professor Vishton's engaging teaching style and his ability to organize the broad range of information out there into several core areas.

  • Hardware of Sensation and Perception: Key to understanding how perception works is knowing details about the biological "hardware" itself. Professor Vishton gives you a thorough tour of information about your eyes, tongue, ears, skin, and other sensory organs; the neurons that connect with them; and the brain systems that make sense of your surroundings.
  • Visual Perception: Because the vast majority of perception research has been conducted on the sense of vision and because humans are extensively visual creatures, you spend time on fundamental topics in the domain of visual perception. These topics include how you perceive motion, depth, and color.
  • Perceptual Systems and Development: You'll also consider how your perceptual systems develop throughout your life, from infancy to adulthood. Among the subjects you learn about are action control, perception and attention, subliminal perception, and perceptual learning.
  • Your Other Senses: Just as important to a well-rounded grasp of sensation and perception are your other, nonvisual modalities of perception. Professor Vishton offers you an expert's look at our latest knowledge about taste and olfaction, hearing, speech and language perception, touch, kinesthetic perception, and even the perception of pain.
  • Your Senses in the Real World: Finally, you'll see how everything comes together in a series of lectures devoted to real-world situations and interesting topics involving sensation and perception. Professor Vishton discusses illusions, the relationship between perception and emotions, the possibilities of fixing and replacing damaged sensory systems, and more.

Learn Eye-Opening Truths about How You Perceive Your World

In addition to information about how your senses work and interact, Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception is packed with amazing facts that will open your eyes to just how little you thought you knew about such an essential—almost subconscious—part of your daily life. Professor Vishton's highly enjoyable lectures will amaze you with eye-opening truths about how you sense your world.

  • We classically consider humans to have five senses, but in fact, you have many more. Strictly speaking, you have one sense of touch dedicated to pressure, another for heat and cold, another for vibration and texture—and that's just one of your traditional senses!
  • People often think that if you close one eye, you'll lose your ability to perceive depth. But because there are other sources of information that influence how you sense depth, you are still able to see and judge distances just fine!
  • Your brain can generate flavor preferences based on what your body needs. For example, peanut butter may not smell good to you, but if you are very hungry—particularly if your body has a need for protein and magnesium—peanut butter may suddenly smell fantastic!

There appears to be a neural reality to the expression "it hurts to watch." If you feel strong emotional ties to someone, then when he or she experiences pain, so do you; not just figurative pain but, to some extent, physical pain that can be measured.

And that's only a small sampling of the many insights you'll uncover as you journey deep inside the inner workings of human perception and sensation.

Enjoy Interactive Experiments, Tests, and Demonstrations

Of course, research and experimentation plays an integral part in shaping how we know what we know about human perception. In many of this course's lectures, Professor Vishton—who has explored human perception in research projects supported by the National Science Foundation and other organizations—invites you to participate in simple experiments, tests, and demonstrations while watching or listening that will hammer home your understanding of how your senses operate.

  • Stare at footage of a downward-moving waterfall for two minutes in order to see upward drifting motion—even where there is nothing actually moving. Professor Vishton explains what these visual "aftereffects"tell you about motion perception in general.
  • Listen to the repetition of a particular syllable with your eyes closed and then again while watching someone mouth a different syllable. When watching the video, your natural lip-reading abilities cause you to perceive a different sound, even though the sound itself never changes.
  • Plug your nose and take a bite of an onion to notice its sweetness and juiciness without the sting of its odor. What you perceive as taste is largely your sense of smell.

Combine this interactive way of learning with Professor Vishton's numerous awards and accolades—including The College of William & Mary's Alumni Fellowship Award for excellence in teaching—and you've got a world-class learning experience that will undoubtedly change the way you think about your senses. After you've taken Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception, you won't eat dinner, listen to a conversation, sit in a chair, or pick up an object in the same way again.

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24 lectures
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  • 1
    Your Amazing, Intelligent Senses
    Embark on a fascinating journey into the secret life of your senses. In this introductory lecture, Professor Vishton uses a series of demonstrations to prove that perception is, in fact, amazing; shows you how your sensory systems inherently rely on making "educated guesses"; and lays the roadmap for the lectures ahead. x
  • 2
    The Physiological Hardware of Your Senses
    Get a working knowledge of sensory physiology that will prove important for the lectures ahead. Learn how neurons function, how your senses translate energy into electrical signals, how your brain organizes this energy, and how you can mentally represent the infinite range of things out in the world. x
  • 3
    Neuroimaging—The Sensory Brain at Work
    Learn how brain researchers figured out how the functions of sensation and perception map onto particular brain regions. Focusing on what happens when you recognize a face, see how brain-injured patients, functional magnetic resonance imaging, and scientific studies have brought us closer than ever to understanding this complex subject. x
  • 4
    Brain Modules—Subcomponents of the Senses
    There is evidence out there to support the idea that your senses arise from many separate, independent "modules." Here, Professor Vishton discusses the evidence for this organization and demonstrates how your mind puts these modules together to create the rich, combined sensory experience you live with every day. x
  • 5
    Perceiving a World in Motion
    Explore three key aspects of how you sense motion. First, learn why motion information is important for perceiving the location, shape, and identity of objects around you. Then, examine how your brain perceives and infers motion. Finally, discover how you interpret the complex patterns of motion delivered to your retinas. x
  • 6
    Seeing Distance and Depth
    Probe a classic mystery of sensory processing: depth perception. When is depth perception not accurate? How do cues such as convergence and motion parallax support your perception of size and depth? And how do you put these sources of information together to produce a single, accurate picture of what's around you? x
  • 7
    Seeing Color and Light
    Turn now to the ways that you perceive color. After a quick discussion of the physics of light and color, Professor Vishton explains the trichromatic theory of color perception (how color is processed in your retinas) and the opponent process theory of color perception (how color is interpreted in your visual cortex). x
  • 8
    Your World of Taste and Olfaction
    In the first of six lectures on your nonvisual senses, focus on taste and smell. You'll learn where your unique flavor preferences come from, how smells are processed in your brain, why aromas can recall particular memories and emotions, how taste interacts with smell and vision, and much more. x
  • 9
    Hearing the World around You
    What are the physics of sound? How does your auditory system transform sound into patterns of neural activity? How does sound localization—the process through which you can infer the location of different sound sources—work? Uncover the answers to these and many other questions about your sense of hearing. x
  • 10
    Speech and Language Perception
    In this fascinating lecture, discover how you produce and perceive language. Explore how you communicate ideas using basic sounds; how you determine where one word ends and another begins; how things you think are being perceived by your ears are actually sensed by your eyes, and more. x
  • 11
    Touch—Temperature, Vibration, and Pressure
    Broaden your understanding of just how detailed and intricate is your sense of touch. You'll spend time considering the different reception systems embedded in your skin; the ways you use touch to control your actions and to explore your surroundings; and how this particular sense grounds your other senses. x
  • 12
    Pain—How It Works for You
    Pain is more than just a nuisance—it's extremely important to your well-being. Get an overview of the systems of pain perception; the ways your brain processes pain formation; how seeing pain in others can quite literally cause you to feel pain yourself; and what happens when the pain system breaks down. x
  • 13
    Perception in Action
    Recent scientific studies have shown that your actions can actually control your perceptions. Here, Professor Vishton guides you through our latest understanding of the interplay between action and perception. By looking at how perception and action go together, you'll have a much more accurate grasp of the entire human sensory process. x
  • 14
    Attention and Perception
    Examine how attention works in the human visual system. You'll learn how attention functions, how it enables you to locate mental resources effectively, how it works as a "spotlight" highlighting aspects of visual input, and how it serves as "perceptual glue" pulling together aspects of a stimulus into perceptual objects. x
  • 15
    Kinesthetic Perception
    One human sense often left off the standard list of five: kinesthetic perception, or how you perceive and move your body. Consider aspects of kinesthetic perception, including your vestibular sense (how you perceive the position of your whole body) and proprioception (how you perceive the position of individual body parts). x
  • 16
    Seeing, Remembering, Inferring Infants
    Get a better understanding of adult perception by exploring the intriguing process of perceptual development from birth to the first few years of life. How do infants see? Control their eye moments? Use their sensory input to make inferences about things they can't directly see? Learn all this and more here. x
  • 17
    How Infants Sense and Act On Their World
    Continue building on ideas about how infant perception works and develops. In this lecture, you'll focus on how an infant's nonvisual senses develop; how an infant connects sensory abilities to actions such as crawling, reaching, and grasping; and how these action abilities influence an infant's sensory and perceptual abilities. x
  • 18
    Illusions and Magic
    Enter the world of illusions and see how, in addition to being entertaining, they can reinforce and further develop your grasp of human sensation and perception. Professor Vishton guides you through some of his favorite visual illusions, including the Kanizsa triangle, the "Café wall," and the "paper dragon" illusions. x
  • 19
    Perceiving Emotion in Others and Ourselves
    Consider perception and emotion from a variety of perspectives. How does emotion ramp up your sensory sensitivity to fear, or reduce it for disgust? How can various emotional states change your perception of time and space? How can you use vision and hearing to pick up information about someone's future health and well-being? x
  • 20
    Sensing the Thoughts of Others—ESP
    Reading minds. Detecting lies. Predicting the future. Debunk these and other "paranormal phenomena" by exploring how we infer others' thoughts and actions through standard perception. Then, consider the possibility that ESP, telepathy, and clairvoyance can exist by learning about an ambitious—and controversial—research project from the 1980s. x
  • 21
    Opponent Process for Perception and Life
    Make sense of opponent process, one of the most fundamental organizational principles by which your brain is organized. Consider how opponent process is implemented at the level of individual neurons, how it maintains your internal state of well-being, how it explains why people engage in extreme behavior, and more. x
  • 22
    Synesthesia—Tasting Color and Seeing Sound
    Focus on the strange and interesting phenomenon of synesthesia, which draws seemingly bizarre connections between different sensory inputs (such as associating a letter with a specific color or an image with an unrelated taste). Studying this subject, you'll find, reveals some interesting facts about normal perception as well. x
  • 23
    How Your Sensory Systems Learn
    How do wine experts correctly identify wine after a single sip? How do chessmasters re-create pieces of a game on a chessboard? The answer is the subject of this lecture: perceptual learning, or the ways your sensory systems change after repeated exposure to stimulus. x
  • 24
    Fixing, Replacing, and Enhancing the Senses
    Cochlear implants, artificial retina projects, tactile television—just three of the fascinating topics you'll learn about in this final lecture on fixing and replacing damaged sensory systems. The successes and failures of these and other technologies have taught us even more about how the senses work. x

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Peter M. Vishton, Ph.D.
The College of William & Mary
Dr. Peter M. Vishton is Associate Professor of Psychology at The College of William & Mary. He earned his Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Science from Cornell University. Before joining the faculty of William & Mary, he taught at Northwestern University and served as the program director for developmental and learning sciences at the National Science Foundation. A consulting editor for the journal Child Development,...
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Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 36.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Among the very best What do you get if you combine fascinating material with an excellent communicator? A Great Course! How in the world can a bunch of cells communicate so much about the environment to your brain? That's what Professor Vishton explains in this course. Of course he describes the operation of the familiar five senses, and how there is really a lot more to it than we think. He covers everything from the operation of the sensory cells to the chemistry and physiology of the brain. But he doesn't stop there. We have more senses than the familiar five. There's the sense of balance and the sense of kinesthetic perception (how you know where your body parts are). He also delves into ESP, and why we sometimes think we may be reading the thoughts of others. And then there's what happens when senses go wrong, synesthesia, when people "taste color and see sound." In short, he talks about everything the average learner might want to know about their senses, and does it in an effective way.
Date published: 2016-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from DVD format would be better I buy Great Courses because I have a lengthy commute once a week. When I'm at home I do not have time to watch DVDs (I do not have a TV set either). This was a very informative course; however I found myself wishing for some of the visuals which were, based on the audio, being used during a lecture. This is certainly worth listening to if audio is your preferred format but I believe the DVD would be a better choice. I'm giving it five stars because I can't fault the professor for the fact that I chose the CDs over the DVDs.
Date published: 2015-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb! Professor Vishton presents a very helpful course with just the right amount of detail. His delivery, pace and relaxed engaging style are perfect! The graphics are quite well presented. Individuals who are not familiar with neurophysiology will find these lectures fascinating and understandable. Learners with more experience in the subject should also find many interesting new facts. This is one of the finest courses I have purchased in the 20 or so that I own. Professor Vishton your passion is showing!
Date published: 2015-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most excellent course... I bought this course based on my interest and the good reviews, and I wasn't disappointed. As a retired academic physician I have some knowledge of nerve reception, transmission, etc. Nevertheless I found this course by Dr. Vishton to be fascinating, especially his explanation of how our brains perceive our sensations. His presentation is lucid, entertaining, and informative, especially the concept that so much of our perception is inferential. I have no real criticism of any aspect of this course and would highly recomend it.
Date published: 2015-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this course! Truly fascinating. The way our bodies/brains work together to perceive the world around us is simply amazing. Professor Vishton's presentation is clear and entertaining. If you're interested at all in how our senses work to protect us and enable us to enjoy the beauty of our existence, I highly recommend this course.
Date published: 2015-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LateLearner I have watched and enjoyed well over 100 of the Great Courses, but seldom take the time to write a review. Occasionally, I find a course that has that wonderful combination of fascinating material that is all new to me, beautiful organization, and excellent delivery, and I am forced to say "Bravo!" Other examples of this sort of combination (for me) were Filippenko's Astronomy and Nowicki's Biology.
Date published: 2014-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful Well presented and thought provoking for a novice viewer.
Date published: 2014-01-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception The audio is confusing and complicated. I listened to the first several lectures and found it very stressful to be imagining the visual cues with out being able to see them. I have re-ordered and am now spending extra to get eh video.
Date published: 2013-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Survey Course I purchased this course in audio and it was obvious that missing the visuals took a bit away from the overall value however I felt the clarity with which the lecturer presents overcame this. As I found to be the case in his other Great Courses course "Powerful Memory", Dr. Vishton is an extremely clear, concise and descriptive lecturer. He presents the material in such a clear manner that although I have a medical background it wasn't at all needed for understanding. The breadth of material presented is quite large and yet it all seems to come together - he integrates various systems (audio, visual, tactile, taste and smell) in such a way that the course builds upon itself quite nicely. I was initially very discouraged thinking that this course was almost a duplication of the other Great Courses "Sensation, Perception and the Aging Process" but I found that not to be the case. Although there was some overlap, there were enough significant differences that I'm very glad I purchased both of them. For anyone interested in how we perceive things - how we come to conclusions based upon our perceptions - this course is a winner.
Date published: 2013-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely interesting Course I found the course organization and level of detail excellent. The professor covers the material in a concise easy to follow manner. The course was great as an audio download, which is the only way I have done these courses.
Date published: 2013-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Introductory Course A very good course for the beginner, good explanations, good examples and visuals. My only problem with the course is that I hoped for more material concerning perception and not only the brain, but perception and the mind. Thanks. Spot
Date published: 2013-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Useful Course This is an interesting course. The lectures are easy to understand. The professor gives relevant examples, and his illusion-demonstrations are fun. I find myself relating to the lectures frequently in my everyday life.
Date published: 2013-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perception Enlightened I found this course to be truly excellent. The instructor, Professor Peter Vishton, has an easygoing delivery but manages to present fairly profound and complex concepts about all of the forms of human perception… even those you rarely acknowledge. The course opened my eyes to the many different ways the brain processes sensory information to create a complete picture of one’s surroundings. This course deals with some of the same topics of perception that “Understanding the Brain” touches on but it goes well beyond that course. This is an essential course for anyone trying to understand their own and others’ perceptual shortcomings and biases. The “Rashomon effect” is undoubtedly not just a matter of subjective recollection but also one of subjective perception. The visual part of the course is essential. I can’t imagine listening to the lectures without seeing the examples. This is not a course for your daily commute! Some of the illusions are familiar but more than half were entirely new to me including some that are difficult to believe at first. These aren’t just the normal static illusions but involve motion illusions, sight/sound illusions, illusions of spoken language and tactile illusions. One incredible illusion in Lecture 11 involves the sense of touch. Vishton explains the physiology in just enough detail to provide background information. In the interest of not spoiling it, I highly recommend trying the “Thermal Grill Illusion” yourself! One exceptional lecture discusses the role of attention in perception. “Inattentional blindness” can be a very powerful effect. Because our attention may be focused and directed elsewhere, we may miss essential, obvious details that unfold right before our eyes. The attention problem is one that is stifling researchers in machine intelligence. Humans are really good at ignoring the 99% of sensory data that is not essential to the task at hand; machines… not so much. I’ve only touched on a few of the fascinating topics. There is also magic, language, babies, taste, emotion and even a foray into ESP. I highly recommend this course for anyone wanting to understand more about the brain or just more about themselves.
Date published: 2013-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really great the voice and presentation skill of the presenter is so critical. this professor knows how to deliver perception to his audience, not surprisingly! Just a joy to listen to, this is the best of the courses i have bought from this company.
Date published: 2013-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply fascinating! This was an excellent TC course and a must for anyone interested in neuroscience or philosophy! The basic message is that the brain infers and constructs reality from sensory input, such that what you perceive may not necessarily be what's out there in the external world. The whole course is the best delineation of the philosophical mind-body problem I've ever seen! The professor is clear, entertaining, knowledgable, and presents the material without any flaws. This was one of those courses that I simply could not put down. Although a summary form of the lectures appears in the TC course Neuroscience of Everyday Life, I think going throught the entire 24 lectures is well worth the time spent. As one interested in philosophy, this course provides indespensible knowledge for both the philosophy of the mind and phenomenology. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Date published: 2013-02-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fascinating but Drawn-Out! The audio version for this course certainly does not convey all the information that presumably gets across in the video edition. Indeed, magic tricks and optical illusions are difficult to communicate without pictures! Professor Vishton is very successful in expressing his passion for the topic of human perception. This field of knowledge is clearly evolving quickly and definite conclusions have not been reached for many aspects. For this reason, and certainly because he enjoys them, Professor Vishton spends an inconsiderate amount of time describing experiments in detail. Some edition in this respect and avoiding repetitions in general would boil the series down to perhaps 18 lectures and make it punchier and livelier. Very pedagogically, Professor Vishton systematically concludes each lecture with a synthesis of what was covered and then presents an introduction, indeed a teaser, to the next. Somehow, he comes out as an exceptionally kind person who is genuinely interested in passing on his knowledge and who cares for the listeners’ points of view, inviting their comments by email.
Date published: 2012-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellant, but get the video I'm not going to get into a blow by blow, just a general overview that I am loving this course and the professor is an excellent speaker. I've learned so much fun information and am getting an idea of how little I can trust of what I believe to be reality. Only advice I have, as someone who prefers audio courses, for this one I wish I had bought the DVD. Prof. Vishton uses many visual examples which I'm finding I have to keep googling so I can see what he is talking about.
Date published: 2012-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely Interesting Course Professor Vishton took a complex subject and presented it in a masterful way, making the material understandable and entertaining. I enjoyed the visuals, especially the demonstrations. I never really understood how the eyes take in visual stimuli and transmit it to the brain for processing, especially color information. The professor presented this well, using good visuals. Every example in the course is relevant to how we perceive our environment. The myths of perception are addressed along with matters such as ESP. I recommend the video course because of the great demonstrations and visuals.
Date published: 2012-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How does our brain do that!? If you HEAR someone say "Bah" over and over, but SEE someone saying "Dah" (with the sound muted, of course) your brain somehow makes your ears HEAR "Gah", instead of "Bah". Or if you're hard of hearing, watching someone's lips as they talk can "turn up the volume" on your hearing, naturally. How does our brain do that? Professor Vishton delivers more of a friendly casual chat than a lecture the way he is so comfortable "talking to you" and showing you how your brain does some really weird but really cool stuff. I bought the Video Download, and I was mostly just listening, but I WILL have to go back, because there was one "experiment" where he flashed some images to show you another brain trick and I missed it...So I'd recommend the Video Format. Fantastic!
Date published: 2012-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent in every sense Intriguing, fascinating and unforgettable. Thoroughly enjoyable course, delivered by an excellent teacher. I highly recommend it to anyone interested on the human nature and the mysteries of the human mind.
Date published: 2012-01-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from He has the facts wrong I am an ophthalmologist and was very surprised to hear a description of the accommodative system of the eye described quite incorrectly. Unfortunately, if I know that he is incorrect about stuff I know, how can I trust the other information. He said that the lens of the eye is pressed on by the muscle surrounding it forcing it to change shape and thus focus. In fact, the muscle never touches the lens. It is attached by zonules, basically wires that suspend the lens. The movement of the ciliary muscle either makes the zonules taut or relaxed thus changing the shape of the lens. There are various theories about exactly how accommodation works, but his is terribly wrong.
Date published: 2012-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Have your mind wonderfully boggled What a stimulating, thought-provoking course! Dr. Vishton presents fascinating, and often surprising (seeing is literally a kind of believing!), material in a highly engaging and lucid manner. His earnest love for the study of perception is palpable, practically tactile. Good, good stuff. If I lived anywhere near William and Mary, I'd show up during his office hours and pretend to be one of his students (though he seems like the kind of guy who'd welcome anyone with a sincere interest). Beware, though...this course will whet your appetite for more. Highly, highly recommended.
Date published: 2012-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating, Fascinating, Fascinating. DVD review. A delicious foray into what constitutes the human experience. “Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception” is a psychological tour de force with deep philosophical implications. The first twelve lectures explore the nuts and bolts of perception. In the second half of the course, the fun of exploring each of the five sense modalities in action takes the viewer into some fairly counter intuitive territory. Throughout, misconceptions about perception are put to the test and perceptual oddities are laid bare. The interactive, viewer participation approach adopted by Professor Vishton only adds to the interest. Not all conclusions elucidated by Professor Vishton about perception, however, were equally pleasing to me. For instance, lecture 13, et al., tacitly raises the specter of behavioral determinism, the apparent result that conscious decision making plays merely an epiphenomenological role in our response to certain perceptual stimuli, a disquieting prospect for this observer. On a more personal note, Professor Vishton uses light touches of humor throughout without treating the subject with irreverence. I would definitely consider giving this course as a gift to others. Enjoyment writ so large is meant to share! Did I mention this course is fascinating?
Date published: 2011-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Course may change your perception. I found this course interesting and enjoyable. The lecturer gives great demonstrations and examples. I never felt bored with this course at any time. The course was easy to fallow and not hard to understand. I recommend this course to anyone interested in the brain. I noticed that I think newly and differently about perception. I recall things he talked about during my daily routine. The course is practical and can immediately be applied.
Date published: 2011-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Splendid Course We humans spend countless dollars and hours searching the universe for wondrous things, when the most amazing 'thing' in the universe is between our ears! I was fascinated and engrossed for 24 lectures, and confidently predict that all my TC brethren will be likewise enthralled. The lectures are well-presented by an excellent and easy-to-understand Professor. Get the course .. Learn about You.
Date published: 2011-11-23
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