Psychology 627

PSYC 627: Advanced Sensation and Perception

Prerequisites: Graduate Standing in Psychology or permission of the instructor

Credit Hours: (3)

Focused coverage of the scientific literature relating to acquisition and processing of sensory information. Original research involving both human and nonhuman subjects will be covered and critically evaluated. Topics covered will vary as a function of the needs and interests of the students, but will usually include one or more of the following: acquisition and processing of sensory information, use of sensory information to guide action, perception of space and form, color perception, different sensory systems and the conscious experience of objects and object relations.


Detailed Description of Course Content

I. Introduction to sensation and perception
II. Behavioral methods for studying perception
III. The visual system
IV. Spatial and pattern perception
V. Color perception
VI. Action and the perception of events
VII. The ear and the auditory system
VIII. Hearing
IX. Taste and smell
X. Touch and pain
XI. Equilibrium, kinesthesis, and organic sensitivity


Detailed Description of Conduct of the Course

PSYC 627 will be taught in a lecture/discussion format. In addition to the assigned texts, students will be expected to read and discuss articles from the current sensation and perception literature.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Having successfully completed this course, the student will:

1. understand the function of the various sensory and perceptual systems;
2. have an appreciation of the degree to which sensory systems are interrelated;
3. understand the most widely cited theories within each major subfield of sensation and perception;
4. have a knowledge of current research questions within the fields of sensation and perception.


Assessment Measures

Graded assignments may include in-class tests, a final examination, pop quizzes, the assignment and presentation of exercise/labs and projects, and class preparation and participation.


Other Course Information

A textbook will be used for the course, but additional outside reading will be assigned from the current sensation and perception literature.


Review and Approval

March 1999