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This question uses a "perception" tag. Generally Sensation and Perception are treated as one as an area of interest and I wouldn't trust the average person to appreciate the distinction between the two. Should we instead use a or tag for this?

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    Er, that question doesn't use the sensation tag... wrong link?
    – zergylord
    Jan 19 '12 at 21:58
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    @zergylord I meant perception, I must have confused myself because Sensation is always said first
    – Ben Brocka
    Jan 19 '12 at 22:16
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People qualified to be experts or at least students of cog sci should know the difference between sensation and perception. Isn't that the quality of content we would expect as a minimum?

IMO can see combining the tag for this instance, but as a matter of policy we shouldn't enable or encourage amateur questions not knowing the fundamentals.

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    It's not an issue of "dumb people don't know the difference so let's help them" and I didn't mean to phrase it as such; the two are just generally said in the same breath as a general interest category (after all separating them usually isn't wanted).
    – Ben Brocka
    Jan 19 '12 at 19:15
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These are clearly different concepts (no need to go back to William James), although I agree they are often associated.(1) The best solution could be to create two separate but cross-linked tags.

As as sidenote, "the average person" might not be aware of that 'fine' distinction, or might even be tempted to tag his/her question when its content has to do with e.g., self-perceived health state ("I feel blue today").


(1) I would expect those two tags will often appear in conjunction with experimental design or psychophysics.

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