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Weigh up what we believe is real and what is learned. Dive into the major senses, with a focus on vision. Investigate sense-specific questions such as how 3D movies work, how we know which way is up, and why some people are colour-blind.
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At the completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- identify, define and demonstrate an understanding of the key terms and processes in Perception
- discuss key theories and research in Perception
- locate, identify and demonstrate an understanding of the function of key structures in the physiology of human sensory systems
- explain the cause of many different perceptual phenomena in terms of perceptual and physiological processes and principles
- understand the difference between the “real” world (what is) and the “phenomenological” world (what seems to be)
- apply perceptual and physiological principles to understanding the phenomenological world
- critically evaluate designs and analyses in perceptual psychology
- interpret empirical data in relation to theoretical questions
- critically evaluate perceptual theories and arguments
- review and critique literature on Perception
- competently use information technology applications e.g. e-mail, web-browsers, etc.
- select an appropriate design and methodology for the measurement of perceptual phenomena
- apply knowledge to solving problems and evaluating ideas and information
- describe and interpret data presented in graphical form
- competently access, use and synthesise information
- display creative thinking skills
- develop new ideas and theories and construct cohesive arguments
- present ideas in new and creative ways
- consider problems from new perspectives
- demonstrate effective writing skills
- display effective discussion skills
- express ideas with clarity and concision
- communicate complex ideas simply present information in a coherent and integrated way
- apply and adapt knowledge to the real world
- recognise the strengths and limitations of Perception in gathering “facts”
- present a convincing argument for the importance of the study of Perception
- present a balanced critical view of Perception
- describe methodological and ethical challenges involved in research with infants and children
- describe methodological and ethical challenges involved in research with animals
- reflect on how perception may influence your opinions or beliefs
- demonstrate effective time management and work organisation skills
- assess your own learning against a set of pre-selected criteria
- reflect on how you have analysed information and solved problems, and incorporate lessons learnt into future work.
- 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
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
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Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
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%)