A Brief Introduction to Perception

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This paper aims to give a brief introduction to the concept of perception: including the definition, the three stages of perception process, the two dimensions of perception, the research status quo of perception at home and abroad, and the main cultural factors which account for the existence of perception diversity. Based on former studies of perception and intercultural communication, I try to classify perception diversity and make analysis of the influence culture has on perception diversity. This study is of great importance because, understanding and appreciating differences in perception are crucial if we are to improve our communication ability and to get along well with people from other cultures.


Perception; Diversity; Intercultural communication

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