Module 3 Psych Soc Strategy - Sensation and Perception

  • Physiology of sensation. Psychology of perception.

    As with the nervous system, sensation and perception straddles the boundary between the biological sciences and psychology. Material from the physiological side of things may appear in the biology section such as signaling by rhodopsin in the retina or hyperpolarization of hair cells in the inner ear. How does visual input lead to objects of perception? How does attention focus on a portion of the auditory stream? Those are issues for psychology.

  • Stay on target

    Many students neglect Psy-Soc. They take it for granted. This means that the competition is softest in this section. The returns per unit time investment for your cumulative score are high with Psy-Soc. Given how much thought went into the science curriculum around here, it's kind of embarrassing how simple the approach to Psy-Soc is, but it's tried and true. It can be helpful for your overall discipline to use psychology as a break from science study.

    As we move through psychology, in each section, first get oriented with TBR or Kaplan. Read their materials and do some of their practice items. Save the even numbered practice items for a later cycle. Then use the Integrated Course conceptual review to make yourself accountable and organize your knowledge base. Make the Integrated Course set of 50 practice items the final stage in the workflow. After completing the practice items, graduate to the next section. Stick with the shedule and you will finish main psychology content review with plenty of time for comprehensive review cycles and test practice. It's important to have that time at the end, because the subsequent cycles make you sophisticated.

Suggested Assignments

Study the conceptual treatment of Sensation and Perception in your MCAT book-set and complete the odd numbered problems.

Review the conceptual vocabulary for Sensation and Perception using the illustrated conceptual primer on this site.

Extend practice using the Essential Concepts ANKI Deck to include the Sensation & Perception cards. 

Integrated Course practice items: 

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