Sensory Perceptions

I believe that humans should trust their senses in giving an accurate
depiction of the world. There are different reasons to believe that
sensory data provide accurate information. One of the reasons for
believing in the accuracy of sensory data is through the sense of smell.
The sense of smell usually provides an accurate information regarding
the environment that a person is in for example, in case a person is at
home or at the workplace, and a smell detector goes off the sense of
smell detects whether the surrounding environment is okay.
Another reason to believe in the accuracy is the sensory data is
through the sense of touch. When a person touches something hot, the
sense of touch sends message to the brain, making the person remove his
hand or other parts of the body before he gets burnt. Therefore, the
sense of touch provides an accurate information regarding whether the
environment that one is in, or what something that he touches is hot or
cold (Taylor, 2004). Another reason for believing in the accuracy of the
sensory data is through the sense of sight. The sense of sight provides
an accurate data regarding the environment that one is in for example,
when it is sunny during the day, the sense of sight helps in knowing
that it is not cloudy. Besides, when there is a fire, the sense of sight
helps in accurately providing the information of fire through seeing the
fire. Hence, individuals should believe in the accuracy of sensory data.
The accuracy of the sensory data is usually determined by different
factors. One of the factors leading to the accuracy of the sensory
information is food. The brain requires food in order to function
correctly, which in turn permits the senses in working properly. A
balanced diet ensures that the brain and senses function as required on
the other hand, in case the brain lacks the energy it requires to
function, the sensory data can be affected (Starr et al, 2011). Another
factor contributing to the sensory information accuracy entails the
drugs. Certain drugs like narcotics and pain medication can affect the
functioning of the brain. When a person is using such medications, there
is a delay in time the body takes to react. Besides, some drugs can
cause hallucinations that tend to distort how individuals view their
environment individuals do not see things in terms of the real world.
This therefore, affects the accuracy of information provided by the
senses. In addition, sleep is another factor that contributes to sensory
information accuracy (Starr et al, 2011). When a person does not get
adequate sleep, the functioning of the brain is immensely affected this
also affects the accuracy of the sensory information. Therefore, in
order to ensure accuracy of the sensory information, it is vital for a
person to consider having proper sleep.
The memory has a role in the evaluation and interpretation of the
sensory information. After the senses provide information regarding the
environment that one is in, the memory plays an essential role in the
interpretation and evaluating the situation in the environment (Hayek,
1999). For example, through the sense of sight, a person is capable to
see fire however, without even touching the fire, the memory has a role
in interpreting and evaluating the situation presented by the fire.
Therefore, it is through the memory that one knows that the fire is hot
even without touching it.
References
Hayek, F. A. (1999). The sensory order: An inquiry into the foundations
of theoretical psychology. Chicago, Ill: University of Chicago Press.
Lawless, HT & Heymann, H. (2010). Sensory Evaluation of Food: Principles
and Practices. New York NY: Springer, 255-9.
Taylor, P. (2004). Sensory evaluation practices. Amsterdam: Elsevier
Academic Press.
Starr, C., Evers, C. A., & Starr, L. (2011). Biology: Concepts and
applications. Australia: Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning.
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