Sense and Perception shivani bathija

Journals!

Journal #1

January 31st, 2017

Shivani Bathija

Patrick Hsu, Kait Meek, Reshmi Patel

Badge Leader: Reshmi Patel

WOK Badge: Sense Perception

I was not in class today, however I was told by my group members to read the chapter on Sense Perception and write a journal entry on my initial thoughts. I found the topic of visual grouping incredibly interesting, especially when it comes to things like the Other-Race Effect. It changed my perspective of when people say "All ____ look the same to me!", while yes it has a racist connotation, it gives insight to why people of a different race would feel that way. I think it would be interesting to do a presentation based on that effect.

Journal #2

February 3rd, 2017

Shivani Bathija

Patrick Hsu, Kait Meek, Reshmi Patel

Badge Leader: Reshmi Patel

WOK Badge: Sense Perception

My group members and I attempted to make a rough outline of what we want to do for our presentation, but we don't really have any details written in stone. As there are three of us (Kait, Patrick and I) in our group who actively make art, we were thinking of bringing our abstract pieces and asking our peers what they each thought the piece meant, without knowing the original intent of each one. I think it would be interesting, as everyone could think about totally different concepts depending on what they associate certain colors and shapes with. In terms of this class, they take what they have stored in their previous knowledge and relate it to new knowledge being given to them. I am quite excited to move further with this project.

Journal #3

February 6th, 2017

Shivani Bathija

Patrick Hsu, Kait Meek, Reshmi Patel

Badge Leader: Reshmi Patel

WOK Badge: Sense Perception

Our presentation outline is a lot more detailed now. We've taken the very rough skeleton we previously made and added a lot more substance to it. We want to really focus on illusions and how other people interpret them. Our plan is to bring in paintings that we can make quickly and ask our class what they see, explain why they see what they see, and then go into detail about how visual grouping ties into this, and why illusions are a great example of visual grouping.

We plan to use a PowerPoint presentation to get this across. We want to each work on a different type of illusion to have our class attempt at "figuring out", so what I personally wanted to focus on is flashing words on the screen that have a name of a color, but the text is in a different color than what is written. For instance, if the word red was shown in the color green. I'd like to see how my class would be able to say the color of the words, and if what is actually written will phase them. The other group members are working on different types of illusions. Kait is focusing on something called The McGurk Effect, and Reshmi is looking at actual optical illusions.

Journal #4

February 6th, 2017

Shivani Bathija

Patrick Hsu, Kait Meek, Reshmi Patel

Badge Leader: Reshmi Patel

WOK Badge: Sense Perception

By the end of class today, we have decided to totally switch up the focus of our presentation. Mr. Morrison has given us guidance about the format of our presentation, and that if each of us focuses on a different type of illusion, then the presentation may be too cluttered. We all came to the realization and agreed. He suggested we just choose one illusion that one of us has been working on for the past fifteen or twenty minutes since we started working. After a short discussion between all of our group members, we decided to go with what Kait was researching, and that would be The McGurk Effect. This is when a clip of a person making a noise is made, and first the subject is only allowed to have audio, then they are only allowed to have a visual, and then they are allowed to watch the clip with audio and visual. They record what they thing the person is saying after every trial, and it's always different depending on which combination of senses they are using. We plan to test this out on three or four people during our lunch period today, and I will record this and show the videos as our presentation.

Reflection: Journal #5

February 8th, 2017

Shivani Bathija

Patrick Hsu, Kait Meek, Reshmi Patel

Badge Leader: Reshmi Patel

WOK Badge: Sense Perception

Our project has just been presented, and I am really proud about how it went. Before going into the presentation, I'll explain how we did the experiment. Three of our friends volunteered to take part in the experiment, and we took each friend one by one and played The McGurk Effect video we found on YouTube for them, and Kait instructed them what to do when each trial was done while I recorded it on video. We compared what each person thought they heard in each of their three trials at the end, after we got all of the results. I edited all the videos together, but I should have cut out a lot of the bits where nothing was really happening to save time. I know this now for next time. Here is the video we presented:

I think the presentation went well in terms of having a clear, concise way of delivering our information. I think the video really grabbed my peers' attention, however again I was responsible for editing the video and should have cut some unnecessary bits out. If I had done this, we probably would have been well within the time limit. I thought we had been in the time limit, but afterwards Mr. Morrison informed us that while we had been very close, we did go over what was told. The reason for this would be A: the size of the video (it was about four minutes and thirty seconds, and we had about three minutes of explaining. This made us go thirty seconds over time), and we did not prepare for the fact that Mr. Morrison was going to ask us questions during the presentation, but now we are aware of that fact for next time.

Through gaining this badge, I learned through this project and the elective readings I chose about how connected our senses our to one another, and without one in would create an imbalance in how our sensual system works. I believe that it was an interesting and inspiring learning experience.

Elective Readings!

For my elective reading, I listened to the TED Talk, "How Can Going Blind Give You Vision?" by Isaac Lidsky. Before even listening to this talk, I was very much in doubt and confused about the whole premise of this. Of course you do not have vision if you cannot see anything, so what did the title exactly mean? My whole interpretation of sense thus far is that you see things, hear things, taste things, feel things and smell things, and all of those make up the universe. In mind, if you lacked one of them, you were at a disadvantage, as you'd never be able to truly see the world. I would also say that sight is the most valuable sense, as what you see can help you associate and fill in the blanks of your other senses. For instance, if you lost the ability to smell, but you saw a giant dumpster, you'd be able to imagine the gross odor and feel the same amount of repulse. Of course you'd be able to do that with any other sense and interpret that to what you could be able to see, but sight is the easiest identifier, in my opinion.

What Lidsky talks about in his TED Talk is eye opening (hah!). In the beginning of the TED Talk, he reveals he cannot see at all, he is totally blind. The audience is very much shocked by this, as his eyes are making connections with the audience and don't look absent as well. It automatically poses the question of "How can you form a visual connection without being able to see what you're working with?". Lidsky answers this question with a quote I really thought about:

"You create your own reality."

What does this mean? That with the combination of what you are able to sense, and the emotions you are able to feel, and things that tie in to who you are as a person can build up your vision of the world without actually seeing it. You are able to construct the world around you based off the person you are and choose to be. Lidsky gives the example of fear, and explains that fear distorts our reality. Things like fear give us notions on how we see the world without actually seeing it. That's kinda neat!

What I took away from this TED Talk was that not only do our other senses make our weak ones stronger, but things like emotion, language and intuition factor in creating our visions and realities as well. Those are all subjects I will be studying for future badges, so I'm excited to connect this elective reading with the future topics I cover.

Extension Proposal!

I believe that a great addition to the Elective Readings would be reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (Or watching the absolutely fantastic play). Or at least reading an excerpt of it where the main character's, Christopher, characterization shines through. Though it is never outright said by the author, Christopher appears to be autistic. Because of this, he is sensitive just by the touch of someone else, and is unable to recognize emotion in anyone else's face or tone. I feel as if it is relevant to this lesson, because while Christopher cannot visualize what certain emotions are, as proven many times by this quote:

"I find people confusing."

Christopher is still able to become close with certain people in his life. He is close to his dad, his mom, and his favorite teacher, who all know how to interact with him. He cannot handle touch from strangers, and even intense amount of physical affection from people he is close with. The people he is close with know if they want to touch him, they can hold out their hand, and Christopher will slowly, lightly touch their hand, though still kind of in some discomfort, but Christopher wants to be able to touch their hand and feel that emotion. That's why sense is important in this novel, as Christopher cannot interpret them, it's still important for him to use those senses to the best of his ability.

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