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Via 100 entries, 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook highlights the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates any student obtaining a degree in the field of psychology ought to have mastered for effectiveness in the 21st century. This two-volume reference resource, available both in print and online, provides an authoritative source to serve students’ research needs with more detailed information than encyclopedia entries but without the jargon, detail, or density found in a typical journal article or a research handbook chapter. Students will find chapters contained within these volumes useful as aids toward starting research for papers, presentations, or a senior thesis, assisting in deciding on areas for elective coursework or directions for graduate studies, or orienting themselves toward potential career directions in psychology.
Chapter 27: Perception
Imagine that you and a friend are taking a walk through a wooded area. As you walk, you become aware of the many stimuli in your surrounding environment: the sound of old leaves shuffling under your feet and birds singing high in the trees, the sight of branches that hang in front of your path, the different touch textures of tree bark when you lean on the trees for support as you go down a steep incline, the sharp pain in your finger as you move a briar vine and accidentally grasp a thorn, the earthy smell of damp ground as you walk along a stream, and the taste of tangy wild blackberries you find growing in a sunny break in the trees. These ...