Frequently Asked Questions About Perception

“To see is to believe” That’s one common phrase most people have come across in their lifetime. However, what is seeing? What is hearing, feeling, or tasting? All of these sensations and what we think after feeling these sensations is perception.

Interest in how we know and gain an understanding of the world started with Greek philosophers. Later on, studies on perception branched out to physiology, whose main focus was on perception’s physical aspect.

Eventually, after understanding the basics of the physical part of perception, psychologists began to study how the mind organizes and interprets these perceptions. 


Physical processes and cognition interact to create perception. Physically, perception includes the five senses; touch, sight, sound, smell, and taste.

An often overlooked aspect of perception is proprioception, which pertains to the body’s ability to sense changes in body movement and position. Nociception refers to the encoding of impending or actual tissue damage. This sensation often leads to the feeling of pain.

Cognition interprets all the data received from stimuli by binding these interactions together. Social perception is a complex type of perception that involves processing social cues and relationships of other people. 

Sensations build the foundation of perception, but not all sensations can be perceived. A lot of physical sensations and processes occur discreetly. Attention is crucial to perception.

When we are called for conversation, our mind often tunes out the background noise in a room full of people. Because of the attention we pay to the person speaking to us, we drown out other stimuli around us.

At times, our perception may even fail us. These failures are what optical illusions and magic tricks take advantage of. Illnesses and conditions may also bring about failures in perception.

Color blindness is a physical condition that affects a person’s perception of color. Perception is necessary for creating sound judgment and acting accordingly to our environment. 

Here are some frequently asked questions about perception

What is perception, according to psychology?

Perception is a set of processes that enable us to become aware and conscious of the various stimuli. It allows us to understand, recognize, and interpret sensations. Often, these things lead us to make decisions and actions in response to them.

What is a perception, for example?

An example of perception is the way we recognize an odor and link them with an experience. Let’s say you walk into a bakery and smell the scent of a muffin. The sensation refers to the scent receptors that inform you of the muffin’s odor.

Meanwhile, your perception may interpret it as more than a smell. It may remind you of the breakfast your mother prepares for you every day when you were young.

What does perception mean?

Perception often refers to the “sensory experience of the world.” It is the way people view the world and correlate it to their experiences. Perception deals with the human senses. It includes sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. Often, these generate signals from the surroundings.

What are the 5 stages of perception?

The five stages of perception involve:

  1. Stimulation
  2. Organization
  3. Interpretation
  4. Memory
  5. Recall

Each of these stages is critical in helping us make sense of the information around us.

What is human perception?

Human perception is mostly a linguistic and cultural process. It attaches meaning to the millions of sensations we encounter every day. This concept refers to how the brain translates and organizes what our senses recognize, affecting our memories.

What are the four types of perception?

There are many types of perception. Perception is usually categorized into four main types such as:

  1. The visual perception (vision)
  2. Auditory perception (sound)
  3. Olfactory perception (smell)
  4. Haptic perception (touch)
  5. Gustatory perception (taste)

Other types of perception include:

  1. Balance
  2. Internal states
  3. Position
  4. Acceleration
  5. Time
  6. Body

Social perception is also another vital type of perception. It refers to the ability to recognize social cues about people. Many of these types require more than one sensory modality.

What is a perception in simple words?

In simple words, perception is the process by which we make sense of the world around us. It equips us to create meanings to the sensations we are presented to. Typically, these affect our decisions and actions.


Is perception reality?

Perception can become a person’s reality, but not other people’s reality. All people perceive different things. And since it influences how we process, interpret and decide, we think that the way we perceive is reality.

Aside from that, the following factors also significantly affect our perception:

  1. Genetic predispositions
  2. Prior knowledge
  3. Emotions
  4. Past experiences
  5. Preconceived assumptions
  6. Cognitive contortions
  7. Self-interest

Therefore, a person’s perception of reality may differ from others.

What are the 3 types of perception?

There are many types of perception. The main types usually involve the five senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste.

How do you describe perception?

Perception refers to the set of processes that allows us to make sense of our environment’s various stimuli. Our perceptions are based on our interpretation of the stimuli we received.

What are the 3 stages of perception?

The three stages of perception consist of:

  1. Selection
  2. Organization
  3. Interpretation

Selection is the process in which we determine which stimulus to focus on and ignore. The second stage, organization, is how we mentally organize information. It helps us form them into meaningful and understandable patterns.

And lastly, interpretation. It is the subjective process in which we make sense of what we have experienced.

What is another word for perception?

There are many words associated with perception. Terms like discernment, awareness, sense, recognition, and judgment may all refer to perception.

What is the theory of perception?

The theory of perception indicates the need to consider a wide-ranging set of circumstances that shape our perception. It states that our perception is not limited to specific visual reception practices.

Human sensory activities make up our perceptions. Meanwhile, perception gets altered throughout history and cultural progression.

How are perceptions formed?

Our perceptions form through stimuli and end with our interpretation of them. The formation of perceptions is usually unconscious. It occurs hundreds of thousands of times per day. We based our perceptions on how we interpret the things surrounding us.

Why are perceptions important?

Understanding perceptions is fundamental because it can lead to further understanding of people’s behaviors and realities.

Since we all perceive and approach life differently, we have different needs and wants. Knowing and considering different perceptions may lead to inclusive policies at work or society in general.

How is perception used in everyday life?

We use our perception every day in everything we do. It affects how we behave, think, choose, and act because it involves how we view the things around us.

When you’re scrolling through your social media accounts or buying groceries, you use perception to see colors, create meanings, and form judgments.

We also use our perception to communicate with other people in sharing our opinions. It can be interesting to observe how much our perception differs from others, as we all have different perceptions.



Perception does not only involve sensing what’s around us, but it is essential to survival. 

Perception allows our minds and bodies to react to our environment accordingly. Making sense of our surroundings starts with perception.

While our sensory organs are in charge of receiving the external stimuli around us, that’s only a part of perception as a whole. The interpretation of the information our sensory organs collect is included in the process of perception.

Perception constitutes the reception and interpretation of data we receive from our environment. 

Perceiving is important because it helps keep us alive. We can sense and react to danger because of perception. In social situations, people’s perception of reality influences their behavior.

Thoughts of others could spell the difference between votes for different political candidates. Insights not only keep us safe from harm but also shape our decisions and behavior.

The foundation that lies beneath all action and feeling is perception. It is the necessary process that bridges the gap between us and reality. Perception creates a unique living experience for every individual.

Physical And Mental Health Connection


Many studies have shown that our mental health can only be as good as our physical health.  We will only ever see an effect in our mental health if our physical health is also going through the same thing, which is why we must be taking care of our body as it can, in turn, take care of our mind.

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One Family – Fighting COVID-19 Stress Impact


It is a challenge for my husband and me right now more than ever since we have to stay at home, work from home, and we have five kids to handle simultaneously. We always wanted to have a big family, and we agreed that ours would be at least six kids. I am pregnant now, and our kids are all devilishly adorable. I mean that in a good way, sometimes. Hahaha! Kidding aside, the house is in constant disarray, but it is our home, our sanctuary. And as a family, we are learning to cope together during this most terrible time.

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Loving Myself More – A Personal Story



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Loving Myself And More – A Personal Story Of Moving On From The Heartbreak



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Achieving A Wholesome Living: Important Points To Ponder


Are you wondering right now why you feel unhappy and dissatisfied? Somehow, you are isolated from a party that you’re at, feeling alone despite the people surrounding you. At times, even if you’re with your family and people you love, you feel senseless and incomplete. You begin to ask yourself, “How can I feel whole? Why is it that I don’t feel whole?”

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Total Wellness: Tips To Lose 100 Pounds 

They say it’s impossible to lose one hundred pounds. Well, it is impossible to lose one hundred pounds in one month, but it’s possible to drop it in six to eight months if you do it right. You can lose weight healthily and for good. Are you ready to know the secrets to total wellness and to lose one hundred pounds? 


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More Tips To Lose 100 Pounds – Be Well And Be Healthy! 

Who says it’s impossible to lose 100 pounds? A lot of people have done it. Take, for instance, Sharon Osbourne – she underwent gastric bypass. But that alone cannot make you lose 100 pounds. It is hard work and effort to shed off the weight is that made Sharon release all her unwanted fats.  Andrea Polard, Psy.D also advises, “To make happen a long-term commitment, choose from the path only the suggestions that appear doable and relatively easy.”


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7 Bs To Remember To Overcome Anxiety And Depression


Psychologists are the best individuals to turn to when you have matters of the heart and mind that seem to get the best of you. We are mostly referring to depression and anxiety, which affect millions of individuals across the globe. Such mental disorders are so scary, considering they can get acquired by kids as young as three years old. “Depression may happen when we push down or de-press wounds from the past, when we hold on to long-term negative belief systems, or when plagued with regretful memories of “what was.” Anxiety, on the other hand, is related to fears of the future and the “what-ifs,” says Ruth Altamura-Roll, LPC. 

If children are prone to anxiety and depression, though, you can imagine how easy it is for adults like us to pick up either or both illnesses. For one, we tend to deal with various stressors at once, including bills to pay, annoying coworkers, heavy traffic, and other responsibilities. You or someone in the family may have a physical condition as well, which often brings your mood down or makes you panic.

Nevertheless, if you wish to overcome depression and anxiety, here are seven Bs that you should remember.


Be Creative

You can use your artistic skills to be able to get out of your misery. There had been sculptors and painters, among others, who became famous for being able to create a masterpiece that depicts the sorrow of a person so you can try it also, and maybe in time, we’ll all get wind of the fact that you’re already doing a one-person exhibit for your artworks. Cool, isn’t it?

Cathy Malchiodi Ph.D., LPCC agrees, saying, “Art therapy uses simple art activities to help people express themselves and develop a sense of well-being through the creative process.”

Be Extravagant For Once

Not everyone is fortunate enough to get a salary that’s more than what their family needs of their family and spend the rest of their money for themselves. However, some depressed people get better once they purchase all the luxurious things that they want, no holds barred. It’s as if the chain of department stores is their outlet for all their hidden emotions.

Be Happy

Individuals get into depression mainly because they think that they will never be happy again, maybe because their boyfriend/girlfriend left them, or they got demoted, or whatever. The truth is, it’s all in mind. Keep on saying on your account that you are happy, and everything will follow through. Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi says, “A state of happiness and contentment is best achieved by immersing oneself in challenging experiences and inhabiting a state of “flow.” Channeling mental attention into challenging activities can be more rewarding than leisure activities such as watching TV or surfing the Internet.”


Be In Nature

If you are a city girl or boy and you feel that everything’s just getting too much in your life that you can’t take it anymore, why don’t you go to a rural area where there are lots of trees, or even forests, where you can confer with nature? Green soothes the eyes, and it can also soothe your mind too so that when you go back to the city, the hustles and bustles that come with it won’t bother you anymore.

Be Spontaneous

During your depression period, it’s either you’re a human-machine that works days and night without resting or a human pillow that won’t get out of your bed. Both of them are wrong. By doing something spontaneous, you don’t have to do the same thing that you’ve been doing over and over again. For example, you can still go to your 9-5 day job, then hit the gym, have dinner with your friends, or go to a karaoke bar before going to bed. Those activities can help you feel your importance, and that’s what you need the most to be able to get out of your depression.

Break Off Your Routine

The dullness of what you do every single day of your life can add to your depression because you may have been doing that before with someone you are now missing, so try to break your routine for your good. If, for instance, you go to the same café every day for your coffee, go to the other restaurants instead. A lot of people have done it and gotten better so you can and you will too.


Bring Out Your Inner Child

Depression can make you look or feel old because depressed people have only three facial expressions: frowning, angry, and poker face. As mentioned above, you need to prioritize your happiness and pay attention to the things to make you happy. Feel free to reminisce and think of the childhood moments that have brought joy in your life. After all, those are untainted memories that money will never be able to buy.

Final Thoughts

Depression and anxiety are among the worst enemies to meet these days, primarily because such disorders remain incurable. You can get diagnosed by a psychiatrist, but you cannot rely on them to give you a long-term solution. The psychologists at counseling platforms like BetterHelp may offer tips on how to deal with the issues, but the healing is still up to you. Therefore, we see no reason for the suggestions above not work if you genuinely want to overcome anxiety and depression.

Good luck!