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Perception (obsolete: comprehension ) is the ability to quickly and precisely take in and use the essentials of facts and contexts.

In more highly developed organisms , comprehension is characterized by three sub-processes of information processing :

  1. the sensory recording of components and processes of the environment (through sensory organs i.e. through auditory , visual , olfactory and gustatory perception as well as through feeling );
  2. Processing through analysis , assignment to experience and classification , evaluation and emotional assignment, storage;
  3. Reproduction ( memory ) and use, for example in similar situations or when passing on the experience to others.

The perception thus describes one of the properties of highly developed nervous systems and is a component of intelligence .


  • Sven Grandke, Peter Schmitt, Herbert Emmerich: Key qualifications in new forms of organization - A catalog of criteria for practice , 1998, IX, ISBN 978-3-410-14205-8

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Wilhelm Rein : Encyklopädisches Handbuch der Pädagogik , Volume 2, H. Beyer, 1904.
  2. Appendix 3 ARSozVerw, AllMBl. 2015 p. 513.