Bodily Senses in Health and Disease (HSBH5004)


This unit is concerned with the sensory processes that underlie perception of one's own body, its' states and motor action. It aims to develop a broad knowledge about sensory function and an understanding of theory and research approaches. Sensory functioning in both healthy and disease states will be considered. Topics covered include: proprioception or sense of position and movement of body parts, vestibular system or sense of balance and motion relative to gravity, touch, vision, brain plasticity, disorders of sensory processing (agnosias, neglect, chronic pain, phantom limbs, vertigo), pain and recent experimental developments in sensomotor rehabilitation, and alleviation of pain. The unit will also examine the use of technology as an extension of one's impaired body (e.g., brain-computer interface). Tutorial assessment includes in-depth analysis of a topic of your choice and running your own experiments. NB: This unit does not teach about standard treatments taught in the core units of professional courses. You will not be instructed directly what to do with patients, but will gain a broad knowledge that allows you to better understand the complexity of their states. This knowledge will develop your ability to reflect on the current health practice, understand its future developments and personally contribute to them.

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2x1-hr lectures, 1x1-hr tutorial commencing Week 1 , 30min online activities/week


1200wd essay (30%), group tutorial activity (20%) and 1hr exam (50%)

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