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apperception

Syllabification: ap·per·cep·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌapərˈsepSH(ə)n
 
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Definition of apperception in English:

noun

Psychology , dated
1The mental process by which a person makes sense of an idea by assimilating it to the body of ideas he or she already possesses.
Example sentences
  • Where people differ is in the way that each of them typically makes use of the equipment; and this typical mode of apperception and responsiveness is what is meant in psychology by their type.
  • This could throw additional light upon the unconscious psychodynamic processes governing the perception and apperception, both sensory and extrasensory, of potentially threatening stimuli.
  • From seashore strands to moors and mountains, from sand specks and protozoa to all-embracing panoramas, knowing and feeling were conjoined, not conflicting, modes of apperception.
1.1Fully conscious perception: an immediate apperception of a unity lying beyond
More example sentences
  • He was the first to distinguish explicitly between perception and apperception, i.e., roughly between awareness and self-awareness.
  • Self-consciousness, or the subject of the transcendental unity of apperception, was likewise impervious to cognition from the Kantian standpoint.
  • These kinds of mental acts seem to be less naturally treated as atomic elements in a bundle, bound by a passive unity of apperception.

Origin

mid 18th century: from French aperception or modern Latin aperceptio(n-), from Latin ad- 'to' + percipere 'perceive'.

Derivatives

apperceptive

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • A common symptom of apperceptive visual agnosia is prosopagnosia, the inability to recognize faces.
  • There is a further analogy in how you incorporate what you learn into your entire apperceptive mass.
  • In fact, the distinction between apperceptive and associative agnosia has several limitations.

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