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Interaction with the world around us involves perceptual processing using our three main senses: visual (seeing), auditory (hearing) and haptic (touch). 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: colour perception; face recognition; perception of pain and age related changes in perception. Students will also engage in guided debate with their peers regarding media portrayal of recent research findings.
This course is intended for students completing joint honours degrees in Behavioural Studies or Psychology.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
30% Multiple Choice Questions
Alternative Resit Assessment
There are no assessments for this course.
|Knowledge Level||Thinking Skill||Outcome|
|Conceptual||Understand||Understand the basics of psychophysics - a methodological approach that enables us to precisely and scrutinously examine the relations between our percepts and the physical world.|
|Conceptual||Understand||Become introduced to motor control research, which will provide an insight into the importance of perceptually guided action in everyday life.|
|Conceptual||Analyse||Gain understanding of perceptual constancies, which enable us to experience an unchanging world in spite of change in environmental factors - specifically, colour and lightness constancy.|
|Conceptual||Evaluate||Gain the ability to evaluate theories and understand their role in guiding research. The courses will focus on lightness perception and attention.|
|Conceptual||Apply||Understand the role of visual illusions in the study of perception|
|Conceptual||Understand||Become acquainted with historical models of visual attention, a process which selects a subset of the vast information that is taken in by sensory organs for further processing.|