Definitions for perceptionpərˈsɛp ʃən
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the act or faculty of apprehending by means of the senses or the mind; cognition; awareness.
a single unified awareness derived from sensory processes while a stimulus is present.
Category: Psychology, Cognition
immediate or intuitive recognition or appreciation, as of moral, psychological, or aesthetic qualities; insight; discernment.
the result or product of perceiving; percept.
Origin of perception:
1350–1400; ME (< OF) < L perceptiō gathering in , perception. See perceive , -tion
percept, perception, perceptual experience(noun)
the representation of what is perceived; basic component in the formation of a concept
a way of conceiving something
"Luther had a new perception of the Bible"
the process of perceiving
knowledge gained by perceiving
"a man admired for the depth of his perception"
becoming aware of something via the senses
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
the way sb understands or views sth or sb
attempts to improve the public perception of the armed forces
the ability to notice
a lack of perception
Conscious understanding of something.
(cognition) That which is detected by the five senses; not necessarily understood (imagine looking through fog, trying to understand if you see a small dog or a cat); also that which is detected within consciousness as a thought, intuition, deduction, etc.
Origin: From perception, from perceptio, from percipere, past participle perceptus; see perceive.
the act of perceiving; cognizance by the senses or intellect; apperhension by the bodily organs, or by the mind, of what is presented to them; discernment; apperhension; cognition
the faculty of perceiving; the faculty, or peculiar part, of man's constitution by which he has knowledge through the medium or instrumentality of the bodily organs; the act of apperhending material objects or qualities through the senses; -- distinguished from conception
the quality, state, or capability, of being affected by something external; sensation; sensibility
an idea; a notion
Perception is the organization, identification, and interpretation of sensory information in order to represent and understand the environment. All perception involves signals in the nervous system, which in turn result from physical stimulation of the sense organs. For example, vision involves light striking the retinas of the eyes, smell is mediated by odor molecules and hearing involves pressure waves. Perception is not the passive receipt of these signals, but can be shaped by learning, memory, and expectation. Perception involves these "top-down" effects as well as the "bottom-up" process of processing sensory input. The "bottom-up" processing is basically low-level information that's used to build up higher-level information. The "top-down" processing refers to a person's concept and expectations that influence perception. Perception depends on complex functions of the nervous system, but subjectively seems mostly effortless because this processing happens outside conscious awareness. Since the rise of experimental psychology in the late 19th Century, psychology's understanding of perception has progressed by combining a variety of techniques. Psychophysics measures the effect on perception of varying the physical qualities of the input. Sensory neuroscience studies the brain mechanisms underlying perception. Perceptual systems can also be studied computationally, in terms of the information they process. Perceptual issues in philosophy include the extent to which sensory qualities such as sounds, smells or colors exist in objective reality rather than the mind of the perceiver.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The process by which the nature and meaning of sensory stimuli are recognized and interpreted.
Translations for perception
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the ability to see, understand etc clearly
a man of great perception.
- aanvoeling, waarnemingAfrikaans
- percepçãoPortuguese (BR)
- das WahrnehmungsvermögenGerman
- αντίληψη, διαίσθησηGreek
- percepción, perspicacia, agudezaSpanish
- taju, arusaamisvõimeEstonian
- प्रत्यक्ष ज्ञानHindi
- zamjećivanje, opažanjeCroatian
- skynjun, skilningurIcelandic
- percezione, intuizioneItalian
- 지각력, 인지력Korean
- nuovoka, pajautimas, supratimasLithuanian
- uztvere; izpratneLatvian
- daya tanggapanMalay
- waarneming, inzichtDutch
- ادراك، پوهېدنه، پوههPashto
- iakttagelseförmåga, uppfattningsförmågaSwedish
- algılama gücü, anlayış, görüşTurkish
- 感覺，洞察力，理解力Chinese (Trad.)
- розуміння, усвідомленняUkrainian
- ادراک، بصيرتUrdu
- sự nhận thứcVietnamese
- 感觉，洞察力，理解力Chinese (Simp.)
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