Syllabus - Sensation and Perception (PSYCH 310) Spring 2009...

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Sensation and Perception (PSYCH 310) Spring 2009 MWF 10:10-11:00am Tobin 204 Instructor: Undergraduate TAs: Lisa Sanders Stencia Jovain 429 Tobin Hall sjovain@student.umass.edu lsanders@psych.umass.edu Caroline Falchier Office hours: Wed. 1:30-2:30 and Thur. 2:00-3:00 cfalchie@student.umass.edu Date Topic Reading Assignments Due Jan 26 signal detection theory syllabus and pp 3-18 quiz 1 Jan 28 CAMPUS CLOSED FOR SNOW Jan 30 neuroscience pp 19-27 quiz 2 Feb 2 psychophysics in-class 1 Feb 4 light and the eye pp 29-39 quiz 3 Feb 6 lateral inhibition pp 40-49 quiz 4, in-class 2 Feb 9 low level vision pp 52-77 quiz 5 Feb 11 visual objects pp 80-102 quiz 6 Feb 13 segmentation and faces in-class 3 Feb 18 review essay 1, in-class 4 Feb 20 EXAM midterm 1 Feb 23 color pp 106-131 quiz 7 Feb 25 depth perception pp134-167 quiz 8 Feb 27 visual illusions in-class 5 Mar 2 motion perception pp 170-187 quiz 9 Mar 4 visual attention pp 190-217 quiz 10 Mar 6 visual attention II in-class 6 Mar 9 review of high level vision in-class 7 Mar 11 review of visual system essay 2, in-class 8 Mar 13 EXAM midterm 2 Mar 23 hearing pp 220-247 quiz 11 Mar 25 auditory localization pp 250-259 quiz 12 Mar 27 auditory localization II in-class 9 Mar 30 complex sounds pp 260-273 quiz 13 Apr 1 speech and music pp 276-297 quiz 14 Apr 3 speech and music II in-class 10 Apr 6 auditory attention in-class 11 Apr 8 review of auditory system essay 3, in-class 12 Apr 10 EXAM midterm 3 Apr 13 touch pp 300-316 quiz 15 Apr 15 haptic perception pp 317-329 quiz 16 Apr 17 somatosensory in-class 13 Apr 21 olfaction pp 331-358 quiz 17 Apr 22 taste pp 362-383 quiz 18 Apr 24 taste and smell in-class 14 Apr 27 vestibular system pp 385-415 quiz 19 Apr 29 review essay 4, in-class 15 May 1 EXAM midterm 4 May 4 similarities among perceptual systems in-class 16 May 6 similarities among perceptual systems in-class 17 May 8 illusions in-class 18 May 11 review essay 5, in-class 19 May ?-? FINALS final
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General Course Description: In this course, we will examine the perceptual abilities of the human brain, including vision, hearing, touch, taste and smell. Toward this end, we will include discussions of the methods used by scientists to examine perceptual abilities, the capabilities and limitations of perception, the current knowledge of the underlying neural bases of perception, and the various types of brain damage and experience that may affect perception. Learning Goals: This is a fast-paced course that will require you to integrate information from multiple sources, take responsibility for your own learning, and think critically about research to draw your own conclusions. This is not an easy course. However, with an appropriate level of effort you can: Gain an understanding of the relationship between the physical world, neural representations, and personal experience. Learn to ask scientific questions and interpret experimental results in a manner that can help you solve
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