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).
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)