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- 1. Introduction, Principles and Methods
- 2. The Body Senses and the Chemical Senses
- 3. Audition
- 4. Light, Eye & Brain, and Spatial Vision
- 5. Visual Development
- 6. Object Perception
- 7. Multisensory Integration
- 8. Depth Perception
- 9. Motion Perception
- 10. Colour Vision
- 11. Face Perception
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Online Quizzes/Tests
- Online assignment submission
- Podcasting/Lecture capture
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Perception, using the senses, is an organism's only link to the outside world. As the only method for our brain to absorb information, perceptual processes mediate what we believe is real and everything we have ever learned. This unit investigates the mechanisms of perception through all of the major senses, giving special attention to the best understood sense of all: vision. We explore aspects from the physiological bases of the senses to the rich and complex experiences and illusions that they produce, answering questions such as 'How do 3D movies work?', 'How do we know which way is up?', 'Why are some people colour-blind?', 'What do wine-tasters know that I don't?', 'How can we tell the pitch of a musical note?', and 'How do we tell our friends from strangers?'
- online quizzes (16%)
- Practical worksheets (9%)
- mid semester test (25%)
- invigilated examination (50%)