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PS5013: PERCEPTION (2016-2017)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

The aim of this course is to consider a range of approaches to human perception, from historical beginnings to recent innovative research. Topics covered include visual attention, colour perception, face recognition, and perception of painspecific brain structures and psychological processes.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr David Sutherland

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • MSc Psychological Studies (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course will cover the following key topics:

1.  Psychophysics - examining the relations between sensations and the physical world.
2.  Biological motion perception.
3.  Colour and luminance contrast.
4.  Spontaneous and targeted eye movements.
5.  Relations between perception and action.
6.  The use of different neuro scientific techniques to investigate attentional selection in man and monkey.
7.  The contribution of neuroscience to our understanding of visual attention.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MSc Psychological Studies

Contact Teaching Time

22 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: 1 two hour written examination (60%); One 2000 word essay (40%)

Resit: Students will resubmit any failed work or re-sit any failed examination. Each element's contribution will remain the same.

Formative Assessment




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