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Perception refers to the way that sensory information is organized, interpreted, and experienced. Our brains are constantly collecting information from the environment. Our brains have two different ways of processing this information. One is called Bottom Up processing, this is the idea that our perceptions are from sensory input. The other side of this is Top Down processing, this is applying our existing knowledge to sensations that we are experiencing. A simple way to put it is that sensations are physical, and perception is psychological. Another main part of perception is attention. Attention is our focus on something, and determines just how much we'll notice within something. Something that is especially peculiar is inattentional blindness. When focusing on something, it is likely that someone wouldn't notice something that blatently shows up.


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