Perceptual Systems (PSYC3013)


Perception poses many challenges: how do we see colour and movement? How do we perceive surfaces and materials? How does combining information from multiple senses improve our perception? This unit draws on behavioural and neurophysiological perspectives to deepen understanding of current research topics in perception. The emphasis is on how visual information is processed to accomplish functions such as perceiving a single edge, extracting the contours that form a face, or the spatial relations needed to call offside on the sports field. Students also gain conceptual tools for evaluating the empirical and theoretical worth of recent research in perception. During the tutorial component of the course students will develop a practical experiment in which they formulate and test a hypothesis. In this way students gain important research experience that gives them valuable insight into the scientific process as it exists both in professional work and in the empirical research project required for the Honours degree.

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Further unit of study information


Two 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour tutorial per week.


One 2-hour exam, one 2000 word report, tutorial quiz, group presentation (100%)


Sensation & Perception, Third Edition
Jeremy M. Wolfe, Keith R. Kluender, Dennis M. Levi, Linda M. Bartoshuk, Rachel S. Herz, Roberta L. Klatzky, Susan J. Lederman, and Daniel M. Merfeld

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(PSYC2011 or PSYC2911 or PSYC2111) and 6 credit points from (PSYC2012 or PSYC2013 or PSYC2014 or ANAT2010 or ANAT2910)




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If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.