One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The mental process by which a person makes sense of an idea by assimilating it to the body of ideas he or she already possesses.
- ‘This apperception is indispensable because in the past non-state actors have been mere critics instead of playing their rightful role as eulogistic vehicles in the course of development.’
- ‘Where people differ is in the way that each of them typically makes use of the equipment; and this typical mode of apperception and responsiveness is what is meant in psychology by their type.’
- ‘Performances provide another such context as audiences are brought together in a heightened awareness of sharing patterns of embodied apperception.’
- ‘From seashore strands to moors and mountains, from sand specks and protozoa to all-embracing panoramas, knowing and feeling were conjoined, not conflicting, modes of apperception.’
- ‘This could throw additional light upon the unconscious psychodynamic processes governing the perception and apperception, both sensory and extrasensory, of potentially threatening stimuli.’
Mid 18th century: from French aperception or modern Latin aperceptio(n-), from Latin ad- ‘to’ + percipere ‘perceive’.
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