PSYC3044 Eye Movements and Visual Cognition
The course will have a strong emphasis on the cognitive processes underlying reading, although other areas of visual cognition will also be covered. We will consider a number of important and topical theoretical issues related to oculomotor function in human cognition. In particular, we will discuss factors influencing where and for how long we make fixations, what we are able to process during a fixation, how we determine where to fixate within a sentence or a visual scene, and the relationship between eye movements and attention. Also we will consider the time course of processing in relation to the characteristics of a sentence or a visual scene that we are processing.
Aims and Objectives
To develop students' understanding of the role of eye movements in visual cognition.
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Deatiled knowledge of eye movements in visual cognition
- Experimental methods
- The application of eye movement methods to real world problems.
- In reading, scene perception, art spectatorship and special populations
Understanding eye movements Reading Visual and rummage search Scene perception Co-registration of eye movements and ERPs
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
The overall aim of the unit is tuition of high level final year course content, including student participation and discussion. The module will present some of the material in an informal lecture format and there will be a significant amount of discussion regarding relevant journal articles in the field. Most of the work in the classes will be discussion based. Several researchers working in the eye movement laboratories at Southampton (and potentially beyond) are likely to contribute to teaching/discussions on this module
|Total study time||150|
|Exam (3 hours)||75%|
Repeat type: Internal & External
Prerequisites: PSYC2019 and PSYC2020 (or EDUC2043) and EDUC2042