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Sensory Perception: A Comparative Study of Western Psychology and Buddhist Psychology

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Gomila Gunalankara Thero

Bhiksu University of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura, LK
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Department of Practical Buddhist Studies
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Abstract

Sensory Perception (SP) is a fundamental psychological process of species for their survival, as it predominantly involves with memory and learning. In human, therefore, a spectacular system of sensory processing has developed. Every being in the world has special features of their sensory information processing systems. This study focused on exploring the Buddhist Psychological explanation of SP of human beings in comparison to the theories and models of SP in Western Psychology (WP). The study was conducted under qualitative research methods, based on textual studies. Western psychologists have introduced number of theories such as Human Information Processing Theory of Cognitive Psychology through experimental researches to understand the biological and psychological process of SP. Buddhist Psychology (BP) of SP is mainly laid on the explanations in Abhidhamma piṭaka and Sutta piṭaka. The special attention was, here, paid on Sabbacittasādhārana cetasika and Cittavịthi in the Abhidhamma piṭaka and Madupindika sutta in Sutta piṭaka. In conclusion, both WP and BP comprise of complex theories and models of SP. The two approaches are less comparable, as there are different complex explanations except certain similarities.

How to Cite: Thero, G.G., 2019. Sensory Perception: A Comparative Study of Western Psychology and Buddhist Psychology. Kalyani: Journal of the University of Kelaniya, 33(1-2), pp.35–45. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/kalyani.v33i1-2.31
Published on 31 Dec 2019.
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