Definition of perception in English:

perception

Line breaks: per|cep¦tion
Pronunciation: /pəˈsɛpʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1The ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses: the normal limits to human perception
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    • Sharpen visual perception and increase ability to estimate accurately.
    • It is wise to never under-estimate human perception and the ability of the person on the end of the line to sense attitudes.
    • One such front involves the extension of human visual perception beyond visible wavelengths.
  • 1.1Awareness of something through the senses: the perception of pain
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    • I had strong awareness and perception of the things around me.
    • There's something very different about the perception of pain or perception of disability when you believe and expect that a treatment will work.
    • Part of the explanation is psychological: Pain perception is made much worse by worry, fear or the expectation of pain, he notes.
    Synonyms
    discernment, appreciation, recognition, realization, cognizance; awareness, consciousness, knowledge, acknowledgement, grasp, understanding, comprehension, interpretation, apprehension; impression, sense, sensation, feeling, observation, picture, notion, thought, belief, conception, idea, judgement, estimation
  • 1.2 Psychology & Zoology The neurophysiological processes, including memory, by which an organism becomes aware of and interprets external stimuli.
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    • It sometimes seems that all that is required to produce a durable long-term memory is perception of a meaningful stimulus event.
    • Having a working model of the brain, or even the incredibly complex neocortex, should help researchers understand processes like thought, perception and memory.
    • Cognitive psychologists have abandoned their exclusive focus on reasoning, perception, and memory, and are rediscovering the importance of affective processes.

Derivatives

perceptional

adjective
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  • And the sets, wrapped mostly in blue, took on a perceptional shade of bitter red.
  • This study investigated emotional, attitudinal, perceptional, and behavioral changes among college students.
  • It is a UK based perceptional research and analysis firm with a focus on the European market.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin perceptio(n-), from the verb percipere 'seize, understand' (see perceive).

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