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.