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Undergraduate | MAQ-PSYX2247 | 2023
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.
- Study method
- 100% online
- Subject may require attendance
- Start dates
- 20 Feb 2023
- Entry requirements
- Part of a degree
- 18 weeks
About this subject
On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:
- Identify, define and demonstrate an understanding of the key terms, physiological processes, research findings and theories related to human perception
- Interpret, synthesise and critically evaluate theories and empirical research in human perception
- Appreciate the difference between the real world (what is) and the phenomenological world (what seems to be), and explain 'real world' perceptual phenomena.
- Recognise ethical challenges in perception research involving children and animals.
- 1. Introduction, Principles and Methods
- 2. The Body Senses and the Chemical Senses
- 3. Auditiory perception
- 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
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%)
- Online practical quiz (9%)
- mid semester test (Online test) (25%)
- invigilated examination (50%)
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Part of a degree
To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
- MAQ-PSY-DEG-2023 - Bachelor of Psychology
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
- MAQ-PSYX1102-Introduction to Psychology II
MAQ-PSYX1105 (Not currently available)
MAQ-PSYX105 (Not currently available)
You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
MAQ-PSYX247 (Not currently available)
PSYX1102 or PSYU1102 or PSYX105 or PSYX1105
NCCW (pre-2020 units) PSYX247, PSY247, PSY237
NCCW (2020 and onwards) PSYU2247 Perception
- Other requirements -
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