- Mia Sallis
- Group Members: Marina Gill, Eshan Sarna, Federico Ramirez
- January 30th - February 7th
- WOK Badge: Sense Perception
- "To Notice or Not to Notice?"
I was not present in this class
Pt 1: We are doing a project on selective perception. For the experiment I think this would be a good idea:
- a person is listening to a list of numbers, that they will have to recall later
- while they are concentrating on these numbers, we will preform a distracting task (play music, have someone dance, etc.)
- Hopefully, according to selective perception, they will not notice the distracting task while they are concentrating on the list of numbers
Pt 2: Today we took a quiz over Sense Perception, and i got a 8/10 on the first try. Since I wasn’t here the day we talked about all the badges and what will be included within those badges (what to do, read, etc.), I got caught up on that. Also, I read through the key points on sense perception and the vocab terms, so I learned new things about that chapter. I learned a lot about the term selective perception. I also learned this is psychology, so this allowed me to connect this from psychology to TOK. Having my pre-knowledge about this topic also helped with choosing a inspiration and experiment for my group project.
So to prepare the project we can pick the list of numbers and record that, or make it into a powerpoint slide. Then we can pick the distracting task. I think that we could do some of these options:
- have music playing throughout the project, then change it
- have the person saying the numbers switch from male to female
Here are questions/topics my group needs to discuss:
- How are we going to present the list of numbers?
- What will be the distracting task?
- Who, when, where will we do the experiments?
- Especially where because we don’t not want any outside distractions happening, controlled environment...
Today we finished the project, not including the experimenting part. We decided on a video tutorial of drawing a rose while people are counting numbers in the background. As the video is playing, the voice of the numbers which from a male voice, then to a female and then back to a male. All we need to do now is do experiments on multiple people. We will do at least one person today and see if it comes out the way we hope it will come out. If not, we have the weekend to make changes. Then finish the experiments, recording what happened in the experiments and then what could have influenced the outcomes on Monday.
2/7 (reflection journal entry)
What are your goals and aims for this project? Don’t forget why you picked what you picked. Discuss at least one personal goal.
I hope to make people aware of selective perception and change blindness. I feel that if people are conscious that something like this happens they can change the way they concentrate on something, or they will notice things that they will not usually notice. If they are conscious of selective perception and change blindness, one may be able to notice important things that they might miss all the time in the work around them
A personal goal that I wish to gain from this is for myself to be aware of my own selective perception and change blindness. I hope to gain knowledge of things that I am missing from the work around me and hopefully make myself more observant I can ask questions; what am I missing? How can I notice the things that I am missing?
Looking back on the whole Badge and Project:
~I really enjoyed this Sense Perception Badge. I learned a lot of new information that correlates with my perception and it made me question a lot of everyday things what I would not normally do (ex. concentrating on the little things) I really liked the idea of a Progress Journal. It helped me collect and organize my thoughts and allowed me to reflect on what I learned and completed in class that day. After learning all about sense perception, I am starting to question if what I am sensing is the truth, or the whole truth. I am thinking about what about my environment is changing the way I perceive things. It is a really interesting way to look at life. I find myself thinking deeply about nature and appreciating it more, and finding things that I think I would not regularly notice. Overall, I think this badge was 'eye-opening' and lots of fun~
To Notice or Not to Notice
As a group, we decided we wanted to do a project on Selective Perception
Before we started putting the experiment together we did some research on Selective Perception and Change Blindness:
- The process by which we select, categorize, and analyze stimuli from our environment to create meaningful experiences while blocking out stimuli that contradicts our beliefs or expectations.
- I.e. we focus on certain aspects in our environment while excluding others
- We are bad at noticing changes because of selective perception.
- a failure to detect that an object has moved, disappeared, or changed.
- We don’t expect a change, so our brain doesn’t pick up on it because of all the information it is receiving.
From this new information we came up with our Knowledge Question:
Is everything that we think we perceive the whole truth?
~I like this knowledge question because it can apply to more than just one sense and more than just Selective Perception~
From this we shaped our experiment:
We first had the inspiration for this project through a YouTube video where you have to count the number of times a basketball is passed, but halfway through, a gorilla walks through and, more often than not, the viewer doesn’t notice -->
Hypothesis: Subjects are not supposed to notice a change in the counting.
Changes in the counting include:
- Voice switches from Federico to Mia to Federico
- Numbers jump from 99 to 200
- Our video
- Paper, pencil, eraser, sharpie, pink and green pen
Description: The subjects will watch a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw a rose, then subjects will be asked to replicate the drawing after the video ends without referring to the video again.
- This makes the subject focus solely on the video