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Wolfgang Pauli was certainly interested in psychology

  1. Feb 15, 2009 #1
    I know it's an area that mostly psychologists/cognitive scientists/neuroscientists are into. Wolfgang Pauli was certainly interested in psychology and of course there are the works of Penrose and Stapp on consciousness which no one knows what to make of. . .

    "The only acceptable point of view appears to be the one that recognizes both sides of reality—the quantitative and the qualitative, the physical and the psychical—as compatible with each other, and can embrace them simultaneously."
    (Pauli 1955, p. 208)

    This quote should probably be interpreted differently, but an understanding of the physical properties (for example, optics) of the objects that are perceived should be a very important step in understanding how we perceive our physical surroundings. One also might wonder if there's a scientific discipline bridging psychology/psychophysics (not so much neuroscience) and physics.

    I've heard and read about (maybe once or twice) physicists studying perception, but haven't been able to find much. Maybe there's an area of physics that covers this sort of thing. I would really appreciate it if someone could point me to it.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Mar 13, 2009 #2
    Re: Perception

    We see with the brain. We construct a model of the world inside our heads. By use of our memory and expectations we create a visual idea of our surroundings. And we only use the optic input to correct and refresh this construction. We see what we ecspect to see unless we are contradited by our senses.

    So there is a very long way from the optic input in the eyes to how we experience the world. The gap is huge. Many sciences bridge the gap: bio-chemistry of course i one. Any science that is involved in trying to understand and model how the brain works.
     
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