per·​cept | \ ˈpər-ˌsept How to pronounce percept (audio) \

Definition of percept

: an impression of an object obtained by use of the senses : sense-datum

Examples of percept in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its capacity is small, so only a single percept, thought or memory occupies the workspace at any one time. Christof Koch, Scientific American, "Will Machines Ever Become Conscious?," 1 Dec. 2019 And yet, in its original form, this problem has generated a huge philosophical and psychological chasm between the two positions, in a way that the Necker cube has not, since most people can flip quite easily from one percept to the other. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Sleeping Beauty’s Dilemma’," 29 Jan. 2016 Some people probably have such finely balanced assumptions that any number of factors could yield their percept to switch rapidly. Pascal Wallisch, Slate Magazine, "Two Years Later, We Finally Know Why People Saw “The Dress” Differently," 12 Apr. 2017 These cells shuttle the representation through a hierarchy of brain areas, progressively forming the conscious percept of sight. Kelly Clancy, The New Yorker, "A Computer to Rival the Brain," 15 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of percept

1864, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for percept

back-formation from perception

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The first known use of percept was in 1864

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“Percept.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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Medical Definition of percept

: an impression of an object obtained by use of the senses : sense-datum

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