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PS5013: PERCEPTION (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

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

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.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 30 August 2024 for 1st half-session courses and 20 December 2024 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

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

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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