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Everything we feel, think, and do depends on sensations and perception. In this module of the course, we will further explore the field of perception, focusing on visual and auditory perception. We first discuss the processes involved in organizing visual sensations into coherent objects and then assigning meaningful category labels to these objects (lectures 1 and 2). We then talk about the mechanisms of attention that select certain aspects of a scene for further processing while ignoring others (lectures 3 and 4). It is often said that humans are visual animals, but a world where nothing makes a sound is hard to imagine. Accordingly, the final two lectures cover the basic qualities of sound waves and the basic operating characteristics of the auditory system (lecture 5) as well as cues to sound localization and processes involved in auditory scene analysis (lecture 6).

Lecture 55:
Perceiving and Recognising Objects 1
Here we will cover the visual pathways and early visual processing.
50 George Square, Lecture Theatre G.03
Monday, 16 March, 2020 - 11:10 to 12:00
Lecture 56:
Perceiving and Recognising Objects 2
We will look at the effects of damage to the “what” and “where” pathways. We will discuss the implications of two visual systems on experimental design.
50 George Square, Lecture Theatre G.03
Tuesday, 17 March, 2020 - 11:10 to 12:00
Lecture 57:
Attention and Scene Perception 1
In the next two lectures, we discuss theories of how attention is deployed or captured. In the first lecture we will review models of attention and disorders of attention.
David Hume Tower Lecture Theatre C
Thursday, 19 March, 2020 - 11:10 to 12:00
Lecture 58:
Attention and Scene Perception 2
We will discuss eye-tracking techniques and how studying attention outside of the lab has informed of understanding of the mechanisms used to control attention.
50 George Square, Lecture Theatre G.03
Monday, 23 March, 2020 - 11:10 to 12:00
Lecture 59:
Auditory Perception 1
We introduce intensity and frequency as the two defining physical characteristics of sound. After touching upon the physiology of the auditory system, we then discuss how the listener subjectively perceives the two basic properties of sound waves.
50 George Square, Lecture Theatre G.03
Tuesday, 24 March, 2020 - 11:10 to 12:00
Lecture 60:
Auditory Perception 2
Here we will demonstrate the contribution of multiple sensory modalities to perception.
David Hume Tower Lecture Theatre C
Thursday, 26 March, 2020 - 11:10 to 12:00
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Essential reading:  Either of the following two textbooks are fine (earlier or later editions are also fine):

Wolfe, J. M., Kluender, K. R., & Levi, D. M. (2012). Sensation & Perception. (3rd Edition). Sinauer Associates (chapters 4, 7 and 9).

 

Yantis, S., & Abrams, R. A. (2017). Sensation and Perception. (2nd Edition). Worth Publishers (chapters 3, 9 and 10)