Chapter four in our textbook is something that caught my eye. The chapter elaborates on sensation and perception and why our brain works the way it does in terms of perceiving different images as well as experiencing different sensations. The most interesting and sensational thing that I discovered and came to terms with is the fact that our brains are programmed somewhat. Since we were born, the first thing we see is a human face. Every human on this planet is programmed to recognize the structure and certain qualities of a face and therefore our brains are constantly trying to put together random images and make sense of them (a face being the most recognizable and apparent to us humans).
On page 141 of the text Figure 4.21 shows a picture of what is called The Necker Cube. If you look at it for awhile, the cube seems as thought it is changing shape and that its 3D dimensions are shifting. What do you think? I believe our brains are trying to make sense of this image much like trying to make sense of confused images. The dimensions are unique, therefore the way we perceive this cube confuses our brain. We are trying to make sense out of what does not make sense.
The picture above does a great job of illustrating the same thing. Can you tell which way is up and which way is down? Its confusing to say the least. Our brains keep shifting around the way we perceive the direction of the stairs and people- another example of our brains trying to make sense of non-sense.