Is perception in the eye of the beholder?

Perception is the process of interpreting and understanding sensory information. It is an act of sensing that information then interpreting it. One of the cue’s in the environment that aid perception are affordances. These are clues in the environment such as optic flow, relative brightness, texture and size and they help to process what we see.

Gibson argues that Gregory’s use of visual illusions to prove his top- down theory are artificial as they are not images found in our normal visual environments. Perception is direct and we can make sense of the world with the information that we already have. This is widely argued because many illusions are encountered in the environment, for example when looking at a waterfall for a long time, then moving the eyes to a stationary objects, the stationary object seems to move in the opposite direction.

Optical illusions come in different forms, from seeing moving things in a still picture, seeing two different objects within the same picture to magic eyes.

Some optical illusions come from chalk drawings in the street, these are visible though our perception which makes the drawing seem 3D.

google images – optical illusion chalk drawings.

Here are some other illusions to try for yourself. Aswell as some web links. Thanks for reading…Have fun


4 thoughts on “Is perception in the eye of the beholder?

  1. You have given a well developed definition of what perception is and i feel the images given at the end are very effective when explaining what an illusion is.

    The example of gregorys experiement is also good as you have researched and found that many people have criticised this study due to the objects not being an everyday perception.

    You could have also developed your argument of cues in the environment, stating how these tend to occur often within humans, however you have your own cues as an individual, therefore showing that perception is in fact in the eye of the beholder due to each person having there own individual experiences.

    • riggerb says:

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      Yes indeed perception is in the eye of the beholder. Each person will see things a completely different way from the previous person.

      It makes me think of artists as when people draw or sketch to get a true likeness of the object that they want to put on paper. Where as if the next person drew that same object i could turn out completely different. I know mine Not all people are able to draw with perception in there picture it would turn out 2d rather than having depth and definition .

      this makes me think i wonder if there has been an experiment on this. If people see perception different from each other then maybe we draw things that perception is still different. Just a thought. :0

  2. liamjones33 says:

    I am absolutely fascinated with perception and our ability to change it depending on internal or external stimuli, your definition of perception is very illuminating especially in tandem with your pictures. However my only critique I could offer is that you have made it quite short (however conciseness is also a positive), although you could have introduced some interesting perception related studies to further illustrate your argument. Overall, very well written and I thoroughly enjoyed reading.

  3. xXx Tamara xXx says:

    Yes, perception is absolutely in the eye of the beholder, like how not everybody is attracted to the same person. I loved your blog, it was very insightful and opened up a topic that I think is very interesting. We could use this view of perception to then ask, how does a serial criminal look upon the environment as opposed to a law-abiding individual? Are different senses triggered by what we see or percieve to see as individuals? Illusions are very interesting, because it raises the theory that maybe the brain doesn’t control our body, because it would be able to decipher that what you see is actually an illusion. It would be interesting to know how we can actually play tricks with our minds? What goes on in our head that we simply can’t grasp what’s happening in front of us? It’s such an interesting subject.. I really liked it!!!

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