Experiencing Sensation and Perception

John H. Krantz, Hanover College, krantzj@hanover.edu

Using the Media


  1. Introduction
  2. Psychophysics
  3. The Stimulus and Anatomy of the Visual System
  4. Fundamental Limits of Vision
  5. Form and Contour
  6. Color
  7. Motion
  8. The Third Dimension
  9. Constancy and Illusions
  10. Fundamentals of Audition
  11. Complex Auditory Phenomena
  12. Skin Senses
  13. Chemical Senses
  14. Sensory Interaction
  15. Perceptual Development

Appendix: The Basics of the Nervous System

Hanover College
Psychology Department

Using the Media


There are three types of dynamic media that might require plugins to use.  Each type is described below with a link to were to get the plugin.

Media Type Description Where to find plugin
Java The vast majority of the media are written Sun Microsystem's Java 2 Language (Version 1.6.0).  This is a programming language that is largely platform independent (it runs on most systems nearly identically).  Many browsers and operating systems (such as Firefox and Apple) come with Java preinstalled.  However, particularly for Windows and Internet Explorer it may be necessary to install the Java plugin manually.  Check this page.  If the activity launches and creates a new window with a color wheel on it, you do not need to install Java. You can fine the Java Browser Plugin here
Flash A few activities us Adobe's (formerly Macromedia's) flash player.  Many browsers now come with this plugin.  You might not need to install it.  Check this activity.  If it works (you will see two people standing on a grid).  Then you need not need to install this plugin. You can get this player here.
Quicktime There are a few movies in Apple's Quicktime format.  Many computers come with it preinstalled.  Check this page.  If the movie runs you do not need to install Quicktime. You can get the player here.


If you have Java installed, click on the button below to see if your computer is set up to play sounds, as will be the case most of the time these days.  Sound is used in some of the activities associated with audition.

No Java 2 SDK, Standard Edition v 1.3 support for APPLET!!