Different Perceptions of the Same Thing: An Experiential Exercise


  • Robert J. Oppenheimer


This experiential exercise shows one half a class the sequence A – B – C and shows the other half 12 – 13 –14. The letter B and the number 13 are modified in a manner that enables the exact same symbol to be used for both. The class is then divided into groups based upon which sequence they saw and are given a task. The task is the creation of an advertisement to attract four-year-olds to a daycare, based upon the middle figure of the three-item sequence they saw. After presenting their advertisements, the students rate the effectiveness of their classmates, based upon how effectively they used the middle figure. These ratings are reviewed and the influence of perceptions and how to address differences in them are discussed in the debriefing.