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Sensation, Perception, and the Aging Process Lecture

Sensation, Perception, and the Aging Process

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Why is it that we react to the world the way we do, not only in ways similar to other people, but in ways often dramatically different, as well, no matter which of our senses is involved? And how is it that the physically adventurous young person you remember being - whose greatest passion was riding the scariest roller coaster imaginable - somehow grew into an adult whose stomach begins to churn nervously at even the thought of such a ride? The answer, of course, is that each of us - whether a different person or a more recent model of ourselves - isn't reacting to the same world at all. For though the physical world we occupy may be identical, the reality we experience is very different.

The truth is, our various sensory systems can be altered over time, their acuity changing in response to aging or injury, life experiences, evolving personalities, and other factors. And in this series of 24 fascinating lectures, an acclaimed teacher and psychologist gives you a bio-psychological perspective on both the way we humans navigate and react to the world around us and an understanding of the ways in which that process is ever-changing.

Rich in science, potent examples, and anecdotes, the lectures explore subjects like how we see, hear, smell, taste, or touch; keep our balance, and understand exactly where we are in space. You'll learn about motor memory, the ways in which our bodies process pain, and even why our taste in food changes over time.

Whether exploring the complex structures of the brain or inner ear, or using humorous personal stories to illustrate a point, Professor Colavita delivers a course that informs, entertains, and even prepares us for the changes that lie ahead.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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    Douglas 09-17-13
    Douglas 09-17-13 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    of lecture series in the Great Courses collection! In the past month and a half, I have listened to a dozen Great Courses lecture series on the brain, perception, sleep and memory (see my other reviews here), and I have to first say that the information in these series have dovetailed wonderfully well, and, taken together, provide a broad picture of our mental workings and the physicality behind it all. Francis Colavita's Sensation, Perception And The Aging Process provides a great follow-up to everything I have listened to in this vein thus far. Colavita develops the course thusly: 1) he discusses in depth what perception is and how our senses work to collect data from outside stimuli 2) he explores how the brain processes these perceived stimuli to make sense (pun intended) of the world and shape our internal reality 3) then he shows how the aging process affects these processes. My graduate and undergraduate degrees are in the Humanities, but I have a minor degree in physiological psychology and have spent more than a quarter of a century doing research in the developing arenas of neurological psychology, and I can assure any Audible customer that the information provided in these lecture series is remarkably up-to-date, correct and scientifically sound. I am exceedingly impressed with the level of university lecturers that deliver these lectures and the quality and educative value of each and every one.

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    Michael RANSOM CANYON, TX, United States 12-31-13
    Michael RANSOM CANYON, TX, United States 12-31-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent overview of science related to the sense"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm a scientist (also a Great Professor contributor) who will be moving into a new position that involves the study of aging. My primary motivation was to understand how the senses change in advanced age. This isn't the primary motivation of this lecture - it seems that the aging aspect was added as a sideline at the end of topics to please the target audience. I did learn a lot that I didn't know about the senses and the professor is engaging and knowledgeable. Just don't expect an in-depth analysis of how our senses change in old age.

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    Bashar mishref, Kuwait 01-10-16
    Bashar mishref, Kuwait 01-10-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great course, but watch the video if you can"

    The course is really rich in content and information. The professor covers all primary senses, how we use them to perceive the world, and how our aging changes them.

    You will learn a lot about the various disorders in the sensory systems, and hear things you might find so bizarre.

    There are also tips about how to slow and detect the symptoms. It teaches you a lot about how to try and understand the way others perceive the world.

    The main drawback is, there is a lot of scientific details and word about parts in the body, like the human ear, that could really use some illustration. Especially for non-native English, you may not know all the words. The first half of the course especially needed that. Second half was easier to follow.

    Still a great deal on Audible.

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    Stout Yeti 03-28-16
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    "a book everyone should own"

    as a tbi survivor, this material helped me understand why I am who I am now........

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    P. Smith 08-22-15
    P. Smith 08-22-15 Member Since 2013

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    If you could sum up Sensation, Perception, and the Aging Process in three words, what would they be?

    thorough, descriptive, precise.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    My only major complaint was the British pronunciations of medical terms quite distracting.

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    Elle 03-18-15
    Elle 03-18-15
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    "Brilliant"

    Wonderful speaker amazing facts

    Humour, science and learning mix very well here

    I encourage every one to listen to it

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    "Great for revision whilst studying psychology."

    These lectures are just the right length and give enough details to keep your interest.

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  • Jumpin' Bean
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    "Disappointed"

    I work with older people and bought this thinking I would learn something of how ageing would affect the perception of the world. I didn't learn much about that. This is a lecture series the chap regularly has delivered on the senses and at the very end of each section there is perhaps a minute or so on how older people might particularly lose ability. Also I am afraid there were too many references to animal experimentation for my taste.

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