Sensation, Perception, and the Aging Process

Sensation Perception and the Aging Process In fascinating lectures Professor Francis Colavita offers a biopsychological perspective on the way we humans navigate and react to the world around us in a process that is ever changing Our exper

  • Title: Sensation, Perception, and the Aging Process
  • Author: Francis B. Colavita
  • ISBN: 9781598032284
  • Page: 396
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  • In 24 fascinating lectures, Professor Francis Colavita offers a biopsychological perspective on the way we humans navigate and react to the world around us in a process that is ever changing Our experiences are vastly different today than they were when we were children and our senses and brains were still developing and those experiences are becoming ever differentIn 24 fascinating lectures, Professor Francis Colavita offers a biopsychological perspective on the way we humans navigate and react to the world around us in a process that is ever changing Our experiences are vastly different today than they were when we were children and our senses and brains were still developing and those experiences are becoming ever different as we age, when natural changes alert us to the need to compensate, often in ways that are quite positive For example, children have many taste receptors than adults, so they are taste sensitive Therefore it s both ironic and understandable that children often prefer bland food drawn from a small list of favorites to avoid being overwhelmed Adults, on the other hand, lose taste receptors as they age, so getting older often moves us in the opposite direction, prompting us to try new varieties of ethnic cuisines and spicier foods One of the delights of this course is the balance of the real life examples Professor Colavita gives and the crisp presentation of the physiological systems that explain those examples How do our sensory systems gather and process raw information from the world, enabling us to see, hear, smell, taste, or touch How do we keep our balance Or understand exactly where we are in space, so that we can reach for our morning coffee cup and not close our hands around empty space How do our bodies create motor memories that allow us to learn and then automatically perform the most complex tasks such as the laboriously practiced elements of a golf swing in one smoothly executed motion, or run through a series of rapid gear shifts while driving on a winding mountain road What sort of sensory system allows us to feel pain but also works to protect us from its most intense levels Whether exploring the complex structures of the brain or inner ear, explaining with compassion the animal experiments that have given us so much knowledge of sensory systems, or using humorous personal anecdotes to illustrate a point, Professor Colavita delivers a course that informs, entertains, and even prepares us for the changes that lie ahead.

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    1. Really good course by a really good instructor, researcher and clinician Dr. Francis Colavita. The course answers the following: 1. How do sensory receptors translate data from the environment (i.e. light, sound, chemical, or tactile stimuli) into signals that the brain can utilize?2. How does the brain integrate (bind) sense data into perceptions experienced as ‘reality’?3. How does the aging process change our sensory world, and subsequently, our perceived ‘reality’?Some of the particu [...]

    2. These lectures provide a physiological approach to the study of psychology. In other words, the lectures explore what is going on inside our physical bodies that prompts various types of perception and behavior. It then describes how these change with the aging process. One significant observation made in the lectures is that old and young people live in different sensory worlds. And consequently, they also live in different perceptual worlds.The first 12 lectures in this course expand on the di [...]

    3. Colavita describes sensations as physical transfers of energy from the outside to the inside via vision, hearing, touch, taste, smell, vestibular sense (body orientation) and kinesthetic sense (motion). He describes how each works and also states that, in viewing a stimulus, we "see" it in a multi-sensory way as a unified gestalt. Perception involves the meaning we add to stimuli. A puff of smoke can mean a new pope has been chosen or that there's a fire at the Vatican. Beliefs are general perce [...]

    4. 6h @ 2x. What a great guy! I loved his readiness to present information on our senses' workings with constant gesturing, as well as his smiling at his own stories; while animations wouldn't hurt, this is exemplary use of hands while talking. IMO, he met his "instructional goals for the course":1. To expose us to enough sensory physiology that we could understand how our receptors take various forms of physical energy from the world and translate it into a language that the brain understands.2. [...]

    5. A wonderful set of lectures investigating the senses, and the effect of age on all of our sensory systems. Very well-done; fascinating. I will re-listen often.

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