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Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05

Course Overview

To understand and critically evaluate some disorders of conscious visual perception and visuomotor control and what these disorders tell us about the complex interplay between the perceptual and motor system.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Constanze Hesse

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

  • Psychology (PS)
  • Programme Level 4
  • Any Undergraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • PS4550 Neuropsychology of Vision and Action (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Lecture Syllabus

  • Residual visual function in Blindsight
  • Visual pathways involved in mediating residual vision
  • Comparison of human and animal models of the injured brain.
  • Rehabilitation of visual deficits following occipital brain injury.
  • Two streams of visual processing in cerebral cortex
  • The effects of ventral stream damage: visual form agnosia, object agnosia, prosopagnosia
  • The effects dorsal stream damage: Balint-Holmes syndrome and optic ataxia.
  • Unconscious action (visual extinction, neglect, hemianopia)
  • Dissociations in perception and action in neurologically intact humans
  • Online motor control and memory guided actions
  • Current models and re-interpretations of perception-action distinction

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 16, 19 - 20

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessment

1,200-word Essay = 60%

Presentation (consisting of 12 slides and notes) = 40%

Alternative Resit Assessment

100% Coursework

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateCritical understanding and evaluation of current controversial theories on perception-action processing
ConceptualUnderstandDetailed knowledge of common neuropsychological disorders following lesions of visual and motor areas.
ConceptualUnderstandInsights into our current understanding of the contribution of the principal regions of the posterior parietal cortex (dorsal stream), the inferior temporal cortex (ventral stream) and subcortical str
ConceptualUnderstandIn depth knowledge about the role visual awareness is assumed to play in perception and action task

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