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A broad treatment of human sensation and perception, with the main emphasis on vision, but also including the other senses.
This course provides a broad overview of sensation and perception. The goal is to develop both an understanding of the field and an interest in pursuing some aspects of it in the future. The emphasis will be on visual perception but perception in the other senses will also be covered briefly. There is a laboratory component that will let you experience some of the classic phenomena in the discipline for yourself.
On successful completion of the course, students will have:Gained an understanding of the fundamental processes that give rise to sensation and perception.Gained an understanding of some of the commonly used methods and techniques scientists use to answer questions related to sensation and perception. Demonstrated an understanding of how the various factors influence our perceptual experience.Demonstrated the ability to evaluate and interpret research findings critically.Demonstrated the ability to do literature search on a topic, to synthesize research articles related to a topic, and to present research findings in writing.
PSYC104, orPSYC105 and PSYC106, orwith the approval of the Head of Department, a pass in a professional year of Engineering, orin approved courses in Art, Art History, orComputer Science
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Goldstein, E. Bruce , Brockmole, James R;
Sensation and perception
Cengage Learning, 2017.
Domestic fee $877.00
International fee $4,438.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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