Discussion Questions

  1. Chapter 3 describes three potential ways we process information from the bottom-up. Is anyone view the correct, or at least predominant, view? Or, are do we process information using template matching, featural analyses and prototype matching?

  2. Provide some examples of top-down and bottom-up processing. While we use both methods, do you think we use one more than the other?

  3. What might life be like if we perceived things against Gestalt principles, and instead identified individual features of an object instead of an object as a whole?

  4. The constructivist approach to perception suggests that we select, integrate and create information to perceive our environment, whereas direct perception suggests we interact directly with our environment as a whole. Which do you tend to agree with? Why?