Sensation and Perception

In a split-second, a curling of lips across a crowded room is registered by one's eyes and translated effortlessly into a vividly three-dimensional, full-color perception of a baby's smile. This and other sensory and perceptual feats, unmatched by any computer, are this course's focus. Topics include consciousness, attention and inattention, data visualization, perceptual learning and development, face perception, 3D depth, color, and brain bases of sensation/attention/perception. Emphasis is given to abnormal and illusory perception. Special topics may include communication via language, music, art, and graphic design. Frequent demonstrations and laboratory exercises will provide insights into class concepts. 

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 30

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or NEUR 100, a score of 5 on the Psychology AP exam, or a score of 5, 6, or 7 on the Higher Level IB exam, or permission of the instructor.

Instructor: Wilmer

Distribution Requirements: EC - Epistemology and Cognition; SBA - Social and Behavioral Analysis

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall