Federico Ramirez, Marina Gill, Mia Sallis
Badge Leader: Federico Ramirez
January 30th, 2017 to February 7th, 2017
WOK Badge: Sense Perception
Day 1, January 30th, 2017: Today, I got to learn about sense perception and how humans are impacted immensely by each of our different senses. There is a lot more information on sense perception than I thought existed. I also became aware of truth that I didn’t think of earlier, like how vision/sight is the most favored sense, and according to a survey most people were willing to give up their sense of smell. There is a lot that can impact our sense perception which is innate and we more often than not don’t have to think about. Also that what we sense is raw stimuli, and it is up to our brain to help us identify what this is that we’re experiencing. I was introduced to many new concepts and effects that I didn’t realize had a name or were even something that required a name.
Day 4th, February 2nd, 2017: The goal/aim for this project was to see if we were capable enough to formulate our own experiment from the information that we have learned so far. I think this project helped us to gain a better understanding of how our senses help us perceive reality and how the brain functions to interpret all that information. I think that I want to prove that I have learned enough about the information to the point where i can give a somewhat decent presentation on it, specifically sense perception and change blindness for this case. A personal goal for me during this project is probably that I want to just do well, I am not that good in this class, so hopefully if I do well in this project it will help boost my self esteem in this subject.
Final Reflection Journal: So now the entire project is over and we have seen everyone’s final work. Reflecting on this project and everyone else’s journals, I learned a whole lot about my senses and the ways that they work together to help us understand the world that we see. I think that I learned a lot about senses simply by doing this project, versus if we would have had just a regular classroom discussion about this topic. The senses have a lot more to them than simply what we know. Before this project I never really thought much about my senses, simply that they existed and that they helped me function.
Elective Reading Journal: - I read the excerpt from Moby Dick and this was a very interesting read related to sense perception. I did not even think about how different animals perceive their environment. The way that Herman Melville goes into detail about how the whale’s sense of sight is so different from that of us humans is amazing. Based on the positioning of the eyes, the sense of sight is very limited for the whale. Melville goes on to describing it as “having two front”, since there is a huge gap of space between the eyes of the whale due to them being on opposite ends of the whale’s spacious head. The whale does not know what is right in front of him which causes him to not be 100% sure of where he is going. Obviously whales can use echolocation to determine if there is an object in front of them, but they still can not see them. But the brain of the whale is so advanced that it is able to distinguish between the two images that it is receiving and analyze them both. For us humans, our eyes are on the front of our head so it is very easy for us to see everything in front of us. It is an involuntary action, we can’t help but just see things. Our reality is based on what information we gather from our senses, and our primary sense is our sight.
I think that we should add this extension to our lists of titles because this it helps the reader understand just how much of the world is out there that we aren't able to sense. We are already limited in what we perceive, and to try to comprehend that there is even more out there is breathtaking. I think this TED talk helps to spark the question "Do the limitations in our senses contribute or detract more from our understanding of the world?". If we were to be experiencing all the senses that perhaps other animals might be sensing. then we shall experience a possible sensory overload. I think this article provides a good overlook at all the senses as a whole and not one sense i particular. It helps the viewer understand more about how the senses in humans work in relation to other animals.
Our Experiment/Thought Process
So after searching the web for a few minutes, we found a video on how to draw a rose by a woman with a voice that doesn’t change. We have decided that Mia and Federico will be the ones counting and will switch counting every 65 numbers, Federico will be the one who starts and will be the one that ends it. They’re rehearsing in the learning commons and Marina and I are still in the classroom making the powerpoint. While doing the audio recording we forgot to plug in the headphones with the microphone.
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
The instructional 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 more so on the video rather than the counting.
The first person who we conducted the experiment on noticed the change in the voice, but was unable to notice the change in counting from 99 to 200.
The second person who we conducted experiments on was noticed both the change in the voice, as well as the change in the counting.
The final person who we conducted the experiment on noticed the voice change, but was also unable to notice the change in counting.
The results that we gathered did not support our hypothesis, but that does not mean that we failed our experiment. We still were able to get new information and learn about how some people perceive and understand what information they are getting from their senses.
So now the entire project is over and we have seen everyone’s final work. Reflecting on this project and everyone else’s journals, I learned a whole lot about my senses and the ways that they work together to help us understand the world that we see. I think that I learned a lot about senses simply by doing this project, versus if we would have had just a regular classroom discussion about this topic. The senses have a lot more to them than simply what we know. Before this project I never really thought much about my senses, simply that they existed and that they helped me function.