Sensation & Perception: Top-Down & Bottom-Up Processing

Sensation & Perception: Top-Down & Bottom-Up Processing


This episode compares and contrasts two models of sensation and perception, and how it’s possible that both models might be correct.

written by Chris Mayhorn
produced by ByPass Publishing

copyright 2013


August 27, 2013 / 33 Comments / by / in
  • I really like that you did this video and the way you did it. It would be more awesome if the music weren't as loud as your voice, if that helps for next time (and if you haven't changed it already).

  • This was great. I appreciate you taking the time to make this video!

  • Thank U… ^_^ I now understand it very well! 😀

  • oh man thank you thank you I was so confused and I asked for my lecturer's help and she's like listen to lecture which I already had but wasn't clear so ur awesome!! 

  • thank you!

  • super helpful 🙂

  • super helpful but the music is super annoying

  • helpful , thanks

  • oh my gosh thank you i have just been freaking out bc i cant comprehend bottom up processing bc it didnt make sense to me but i get it now, thank you

  • Music is so distracting I am sorry!

  • great information but the music is unpleasant, listening on headphones, the music is louder than your voice… I think it would be much better without music (zero – you don't need it!)

  • This was a very helpful video!! Thank you for updating it 🙂 PS i love the music and animations, some viewers are just being mean for no reason.

  • Thanks for the simple explanation, my teacher confuses me but you really put this up in an easy-to-understand way

  • Oh thank you! This much more understandable than what my professor and textbook say! ouff…What a relief! Thanks a bunch!

  • My only issue with top-down processing is that, at least according to your example, is that we have already seen what we are trying to get to in the dark. We couldn't have a concept of the refrigerator we are trying to get to unless we already know what our house looks like and where our refrigerator resides in the house. A better example would be a blind person; since they have no visual data to interpret, their entire world would be conceptual. I could be wrong, but this is just what I gathered from the video 🙂

  • It's nicer with examples rather than words =)

  • This could have been a good video if that annoying music wasn`t there

  • music too loud, cant understand everything

  • I wanted to watch your video- it seems great, BUT, I couldn't focus because the music is extremely distracting. Could you please re-post another version without music?

  • I am a doctoral student in clinical psychology and I have to disagree with some of the initial comments that I saw. I was not at all distracted by the music. I thought it was relaxing and added to the brief learning experience. I watched this video in order to gain a better understanding of what top-down and bottom-up perception means and I was able to get from this video what I could not clearly get from multiple journal articles and our course textbook. Thank you. I am looking forward to watching other videos on different topics.

  • the video was great, i dont know why people are so annoyed by the music , it was fine.

  • Hello i created a video on Top-down processing so check it out

  • lol the music didnt annoy me not one bit. thanks btw

  • This was really helpful! Thanks.

  • thank you for creating this video. I am a doctoral student and music is fine. When you are focused on your study the last thing I worried about was the music. The information given in this video gave a brief and direct break down. Thank you

  • It's both if you take into account Myers Briggs

  • Both are plausible

  • Depends on the situation. If you are in an abusive situation and use pattern recognition for the way the person acts and if u use time, or repetitive jobs like grocery job

  • wow this is super easy to understand now that i have watched this

  • People annoyed by the music = bottom-up processing
    Not annoyed = top-down processing?

    or the other way around?

  • Very helpful. Thank you!

  • Thank you so much for the very short and focused content!

  • lose the music. It's distracting and overwhelming the spoken audio

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