Year 9 Topic: Perception

Filter: What do I need to know?

Depth cues & Illusions 

Accurate definitions of:

  • Sensation
  • Perception
Monocular depth cues (one eye)
  • Height in plane
  • Relative size
  • Occlusion
  • Linear perspective
Binocular depth cues (two eyes)
  • Retinal disparity
  • Convergence
  • Necker Cube
  • Rubin's Vase
  • Ponzo Illusion
  • Kanizsa Triangle
  • Muller Lyer Illusion
  • Ames Room
  • Ambiguity
  • Fiction
  • Misinterpreted depth cue
  • ​Size constancy


Gibson (Direct Ecological Theory)

  • Active world
  • Motion parallax
  • Gradient of texture
  • Gradient of colour
  • Affordances, not inferences
  • Evaluation
Gregory (Constructive Perception)
  • Past experiences - constructive
  • Perceptual hypotheses
  • Mistaken hypotheses
  • Inferences, not affordances
  • We use our stored knowledge to help us perceive
  • ​Evaluation

Factors that Affect Perception 


  • Elephant drawings
Expectation and Perceptual Set
  • Broken B/13 study
Motivation and Emotions
  • Food/hunger/starving study

LEARN: Homework Tasks

  • Sensation & Perception
  • Monocular Depth Cues
  • Binocular Depth Cues
  • Gibson's Direct Theory
  • Visual Illusions
  • Gregory's Constructivist Theory
  • Culture on perception
  • Perceptual set and expectation on perception
  • Motivation on expectation
  • Gilchrist & Nesberg's Motivation study
  • Bruner & Minturn's Perceptual Set study
Each week, pick a topic or study that we have been looking at and choose one of the following:

  • Create an in-depth revision poster on the topic/study
  • Write a song that explores the psychological topic/debate
  • Attend psychology revision and complete exam questions
  • Create a PowerPoint Presentation on the topic/study and e-mail it to me (no copy and paste allowed)
  • Complete the questions related to the recent topic on the document attached below.

Challenge Option

Write a mini-essay explaining the topic/section/study we have completed (no more than one side of A4)

TEST: Exam Questions