Vocabulary words


noun. per·cep·tion \pər-ˈsep-shən\

  • the way you think about or understand someone or something
  • the ability to understand or notice something easily
  • the way that you notice or understand something using one of your senses


noun. sen·sa·tion \sen-ˈsā-shən, sən-\

  • a particular feeling or effect that your body experiences
  • a particular feeling or experience that may not have a real cause
  • the ability to feel things through your physical senses


noun. emo·tion \i-ˈmō-shən\

  • a strong feeling (such as love, anger, joy, hate, or fear)


noun plural but singular or plural in construction, often attributive da·ta \ˈdā-tə, ˈda- also ˈdä-\

  • (etymology) 1640s, classical plural of datum, from Latin datum “(thing) given,” neuter past participle of dare “to give”
  • As natural gift, as empirical trace, data are not simply measurements or recorded facts, they are also in some sense ontologically raw, not so much thrown into the world, but left over, bare, remaining after the tide of being recedes. (Galloway)


from the Ancient Greek σύν syn, “together”, and αἴσθησις aisthēsis, “sensation”

  • a neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway.


adjective. [ mod·al \ˈmō-dəl\ ]

  • not modal (in any sense)
  • amodal perception is the perception of the whole of a physical structure when only parts of it affect the sensory receptors.


  • cross-modal perception


adjective aes·thet·ic \es-ˈthe-tik, is-, British usually ēs-\

  • of or relating to art or beauty
  • artistic



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