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COURSE NUMBER: PSYC 473
COURSE TITLE: Sensation and Perception
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Heather Looy
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: An examination of the processes by which humans receive, select, analyze and interpret sensory information, and the factors which influence what is ultimately perceived. Topics include psychophysical methods, the visual system, the auditory system, the chemical senses, skin senses and perceptual development. Laboratory exercises include demonstrations of perceptual phenomena, application of psychophysical methods and the development of scientific report-writing skills.

Prerequisites: PSYC 250 or 251 and 301
Corequisite: PSYC 302
REQUIRED TEXTS: Foley, H. J. and Matlin, M. W. (2010).  Sensation & perception (5th ed.)  New York: Allyn & Bacon.
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Tests (3)45%
Research project20%
Other assignments15%
Final20%
100%
COURSE OUTLINE:
  • History & Approaches
  • Psychophysics
  • Visual System
  • Colour Vision
  • Perceptual Organization
  • Depth & Size
  • Constancy & Illusions
  • Audition
  • Balance, Orientation in Space
  • Skin Senses
  • The Chemical Senses
  • Perception of Time


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