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Sensory Information
Accuracy or Inaccuracy of Sensory Information

For thousands of years, humans have asked if we perceive the world accurately through our senses. You sometimes think you hear or see things that are not there. The sense of smell can be overwhelming in a good or bad way. Three reasons I believe in the accuracy of sensory information is one, our senses are the best way for us to function in the world, you need all senses working together and three, it’s hard to disprove what your senses tell you.
First, it is believed that sensory information is one of the first areas to fully develop in an infant's brain. We rarely stop to think how important our five senses are in terms of providing us with information about the world. For example, our senses tell us when there is a bug crawling up our leg, if we are going to fall, and whether there is smoke in the room. Without the ability to see, hear, touch, smell, and taste we would live in complete isolation, unable to not only sense, but also to think and learn due to a lack of experience with which to develop ideas. When we discuss sensory integration we add to it the two senses of vestibular (Reponses to movement) and proprioception (body awareness). Each sensory system has its own specific receptor that specializes in optimal responses to a specific type of sensation. Because seeing is so important for our functioning in the world, efforts to understand how perceptions are generated have most often focused on vision. While adults process different visual cues into one unified chunk of information, kids separate visual information. Researchers have long known that youngsters don't fully integrate sensory information until after about age 8. Before then, information received by touch, sight and hearing isn't as closely linked as the same information would be in the adult brain. But…...

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