Thought and expectation shaping perception
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Asked by: kairosea-ga
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17 Oct 2006 09:57 PDT
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Question ID: 774372
I saw an episode of Oprah Winfrey's show several years ago in which she put a fake scar on women's faces and then sent them out on a blind date (in a restaurant with no mirrors). After the date the women were asked if they noticed their date treating them differently or staring at the scar. All of them said yes. What they didn't know was that the fake scars had been removed just before their dates. They interpreted the men's behaviour in the way that reinforced their expectation. Is there a name in psychology or sociology for this phenomenon of seeing what you expect to see?
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Re: Thought and expectation shaping perception
From: myoarin-ga on 17 Oct 2006 14:39 PDT
"Subjective perception" is a frequently used term that could apply to what you describe. Searching with the term, turned up many medical sites. You can try that, yourself. Here is one that I believe shows many words that appear in texts in conjuction with "subjective perception: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~lemur/science/articles/00368075.di002043.00p0258v.html
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