PSYC458-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Research in Visual Attention and Perceptual Neuropsychology

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021

Description

This course is designed to provide a relatively in-depth understanding of current findings in selective areas of visual dynamics and perceptual neuropsychology. The goal is to facilitate students to develop both an understanding of the fields and an interest in pursuing some aspects of them in the future. Topics covered will include visual selection and memory, visual awareness, the representation of object and space, face recognition, and others.

This course is designed to provide a relatively in-depth understanding of current research in selected topics of visual attention and perceptual neuropsychology, to practise science writing for the general public, and to develop an interest in pursuing research in some aspects of vision science in the future. Each topic will be the focus for one or two consecutive weeks. It is essential that you do the weekly reading before the class, and come to the class ready to discuss these papers.

Learning Outcomes

  • On successful completion of the course, students will have:
  • Gained a relatively in-depth understanding of the major models and theories in selected topics of visual attention and perceptual neuropsychology.
  • Demonstrated the ability to read original research articles and to evaluate critically the authors’ empirical findings and their interpretation of the data and theoretical claims.
  • Learnt to lead discussion and to present other people’s research in a clear and succinct way.
  • Learnt to formulate a research question, conduct literature search on a topic of interest, turn the research question into one or more testable hypotheses, write a research proposal, and present the proposal in a semi-formal setting.
  • Learnt to write plain-language articles about science for the general public.

Pre-requisites

Subject to approval by the Head of Department

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 239
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun

Course Coordinator

Zhe Chen

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Class Presentation & leading discussion 15%
Discussion Participation 10%
Science writing for young minds 25%
Research project proposal 50%

Textbooks / Resources

NO SET TEXT BOOK; reading list provided

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,033.00

* 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.

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing on the department and colleges page.

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