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PSYCHOLOGY 4031 SENSATION AND PERCEPTION SYLLABUS Spring, 2011 Professor: Dr. Paula Geiselman Meeting Time/Place: 9:00-10:30 a.m. Tuesday & Thursday; 132 Prescott Hall Office Hours: BY APPOINTMENT on Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Office hours can also be arranged at other times by appointment; Office hours will be held in 109 Audubon Hall (Please note that this room is not my office. I will be there only when a student has scheduled an appointment with me.) Telephone: 763-2695 (Pennington Biomedical Research Center) Email : [email protected] Graduate Assistant: Chunqiao (Tranquil) Luo [email protected] 225.439.5995 (Tranquil’s cell phone) Textbook and Accompanying Website Access: Sensation and Perception, 5th edition, textbook and accompanying website access, Hugh J. Foley and Margaret W. Matlin, authors. This textbook focuses on the anatomy and physiology of the sensory systems. The approach that this textbook takes is, first, to present the anatomy of a given sensory system, then the physiology of that system, and then the behavior that the anatomy and physiology subserve. Course Description and Use of the Textbook and Website: This course will focus on the anatomy and physiology of the sensory systems that allow us to detect sensations (physical stimuli) and develop perceptions (interpretations) of those stimuli. Students will be given reading lists showing the sequence in which textbook material will be covered in class. We will average covering about 30-35 pages of the book per class meeting. In class I will focus on what, in my opinion, are the main points in the reading assignments. Also, I will elaborate on any material that I think was not sufficiently covered in the textbook. Attending class will enhance your understanding of the material that I believe it is important for you to master in this course. You will be held responsible for material that is covered in the textbook but is not covered in class. You will likewise be held responsible for material that is covered in class but is not discussed in the textbook. In other words, you are responsible for everything in the textbook and everything covered in class. The content of this course is quite detailed, and students should READ THE ASSIGNED MATERIAL TO BE COVERED PRIOR TO THE LECTURE ON THAT MATERIAL. If you follow this procedure, you will benefit more from the lectures. As you read the material before Page 1 of 8
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class, write down any questions you have about the material and then ask those questions in class. I strongly encourage all of you to participate in class discussion. Active participation will enhance your learning. Prior to reading any material in a chapter, it is to your benefit to prepare an outline that includes all headings and all words or phrases in bold type in the material that you will be reading . Prepare your own outline. Do not rely on the outline at the beginning of each chapter. The outline presented at the beginning of each chapter does not include all headings, nor does it
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