Perception; Subliminal and Supraliminal Perception

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Subliminal Perception and Supraliminal Perception

Kimberlene A. Catalan
BSA 1-8

INTRODUCTION Imagine you are watching a group of Hawaiian women dancing to soft and filling ukulele music. Your Hawaiian friend, watching with you, exclaimed, “What a beautiful story!” You keep staring but neither see nor hear any story. You merely hear a pleasant melody and see some women waving their arms and wiggling. As your friend explains the meaning of each dance movements you begin to recognize a charming story about the wind. Obviously, the dancers never change their dance movements. Why did your perception of the Hawaiian dancers change? This is what you called perception. You perceive sensory inputs giving a meaningful
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Information from the outside world comes through our senses. The information is then interpreted, and this interpretation gives meaning to what is sensed. For example, when you hear your alarm clock, the actual sound you hear is the sensation. How you construe the meaning of the alarm is your interpretation. If it is 7 a.m. on a weekday, you would probably interpret the alarm as a signal to get moving and begin the day. However, the same alarm may have a different meaning on a holiday. You might perceive yourself as an absurd for setting the alarm, or you might snicker at the alarm and roll over. In both instances, the sensation (the ring) was the same, but your interpretation changed because of other factors.
The process of interpreting or giving meaning to the stimulus received by the senses. The stimulus energy

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