Perception is awareness, comprehension or an understanding of something.
An example of perception is knowing when to try a different technique with a student to increase their learning.
- the act of perceiving or the ability to perceive; mental grasp of objects, qualities, etc. by means of the senses; awareness; comprehension
- insight or intuition, or the faculty for these
- the understanding, knowledge, etc. gotten by perceiving
- a specific idea, concept, impression, etc. so formed
Origin of perceptionClassical Latin perceptio ; from past participle of percipere: see perceive
- a. The process of perceiving something with the senses: the perception of a faint sound.b. An instance of this: sense perceptions.
- a. The process or state of being aware of something: the perception of time.b. Insight or knowledge gained by thinking: the perception that inheritance must be coded in DNA.c. The capacity for such insight or knowledge: theories of how to enhance human perception.d. An insight or point of knowledge: The article is full of astute perceptions.
- An interpretation or impression; an opinion or belief: doctors working to change the public perception of certain diseases.
Origin of perceptionMiddle English percepcioun, from Old French percepcion, from Latin percepti&omacron;, percepti&omacron;n-, from perceptus, past participle of percipere, to perceive; see perceive.
Berkeleianism the system of philosophical idealism developed by George Berkeley (1685?-1753), especially his tenet that the physical world does not have an independent reality but exists as a perception of the divine mind and the flnite mind of man. Also Berkeleyism. —Berkeleian, Berkeleyan, n., adj. chromesthesia Medicine. the association of imaginary sensations of color with actual perceptions of hearing, taste, or smell. Also called photism, color hearing. Cf. synesthesia. coenesthesia, cenesthesia, cenesthesis the combination of organic sensations that comprise an individual’s awareness of bodily existence. —coenesthetic, cenesthetic, adj. dysesthesia an impaired condition of any of the senses. kinesthesia Medicine. the sense by which movement, weight, position, etc. are perceived. —kinesthetic, adj. oxygeusia extreme acuteness or sensitivity of the sense of taste. oxyopia, oxyopy an extremely heightened acuteness of the eyesight, resulting from increased sensibility of the retina. oxyosphresia heightened acuteness of the sense of smell. panesthesia the total or collective experience of all sensations or all the senses. —panesthetic, panaesthetic, adj. paresthesia, paraesthesia any abnormal physical sensation, as itching, a tickling feeling, etc. —paresthetic, paraesthetic, adj. phantasm a vision or other perception of something that has no physical or objective reality, as a ghost or other supernatural apparition. Also phantasma. See also images; philosophy. phonism a sound or a sensation of hearing produced by stimulus of another sense, as taste, smell, etc. photism chromesthesia. sensorium the sensory apparatus of the body as a whole; the seat of physical sensation, imagined to be in the gray matter of the brain. synesthesia, synaesthesia Medicine. a secondary sensation accompanying an actual perception, as the perceiving of sound as a color or the sensation of being touched in a place at some distance from the actual place of touching. Cf. chromesthesia. —synesthetic, synaesthetic, adj. telesthesia, telaesthesia a form of extrasensory perception, working over a distance and enabling the so gifted observer to perceive events, objects, etc., far away. —telesthetic, telaesthetic, adj.
- Organization, identification, and interpretation of sensory information.
- Conscious understanding of something.
- Vision (ability)
- (cognition) That which is detected by the five senses; not necessarily understood (imagine looking through fog, trying to understand if you see a small dog or a cat); also that which is detected within consciousness as a thought, intuition, deduction, etc.