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Define sensation and perception. What is the difference between them? Provide an example.

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    I. Sensation is awareness of stimulus (stimuli) -- energy changes that cause a response.

    II. Perception involves sensation plus interpretation of that sensation. Although sensation doesn't necessarily involve perception, perception always involves sensation.

    Knowing that you have been touched involves sensation, but identifying what touched you would involve perception.

    You should be able to provide examples for our other senses.

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