Psych M.D. – Sensory Adaptation


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Term: Sensory Adaptation
Definition (Myers): Diminished sensitivity as a consequence of constant stimulation.
Definition (alternative): The tendency of a sensory system to adjust as a result of repeated exposure to a specific type of stimulus such as low levels of light. *
Contextual explanation: Sensory adaptation is our senses becoming less sensitive to certain stimuli because of repeated exposure to such stimulation. For example, put a ring on your index finger. At first you will notice it there but after a while, you'll forget about it. This is sensory adaptation. The sensory neurons under your skin got used to the stimulation by the ring.
Related terms and concepts: Selective Attention, Sensation,neuron
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Related websites: http://everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=1219651, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neural_adaptation
Edited by: Susie



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