The module will cover basic topics in perceptual psychology. We will discuss how the visual brain uses information from the two eyes in combination with learnt heuristics and other information sources to construct a perceptual representation of the world. We will discuss basic anatomy and physiology associated with perception, as well as introduce topics such as motion perception, colour perception, the perception of depth and size. In addition, we cover higher-level visual cognition, including attention, object recognition. We will also cover auditory perception, including pitch perception and source localisation. We will frame perception in the context of psychology in general, highlighting the role of perception in aspects of cognitive, social, clinical and health psychology. The module will be taught by lectures including classroom demonstrations whenever possible. The module is core for BSc Psychology students, and can be taken as an optional module for non-Psychology students as part of the Curriculum Innovation Project.
Aims and Objectives
Appreciate the complexity of the problem of visual processing, and gain insight into how the brain solves it
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Be able to link the physiology of the visual system with the qualities of human colour, motion and depth processing
- Gain an understanding of the experimental tools used by perceptual psychologists to study visual and auditory processing
- Learn how visual illusions inform our understanding of the visual system
- Be able to describe of the processes by which the auditory system organises sound into representations of properties such as pitch and source location
We will cover a number of topics over the course of the module, including: • Introduction to perception • The visual system: Introduction to physiology of perception • Introduction to vision • Visual Cortex and Beyond • Perceiving objects and scenes • Visual Attention • Study of consciousness • Perceiving motion • Perceiving colour • Perceiving depth and size • The auditory system: Pitch perception, and source localisation • Speech Perception • The importance of illusions
Learning and Teaching
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Goldstein, E. B. & Brockmole, J. R. (2016). Sensation and Perception.
|Exam (2 hours)||58%|
|Multiple choice Test||25%|
Repeat type: Internal & External