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Summer 2010 - University of California Davis

  1. 1. 1 University of California Davis Perception PSY 131 Summer 2010 Session 1 Section 1 Units 4 CRN: 52631 Lecture: 184 Young Hall Time: M-T-W: 14:10-15:50 Instructor: Chris T. Tromborg, Ph.D. Office: 268 F Young Hall Time: M-T-W-Th: 13:00-14:00 Phone: 1-530-754-8298 e-mail: Text: Sensation and Perception: An integrated approach (5th ed.) By Harvey Richard Schiffman (John Wiley and Sons: 2006). ISBN: 978-0471-249-306 Course Description Perception is a 4 unit upper division course. Prerequisites include Psychology 1, Psychology 41, Psychology 101, or consent of the instructor. The course format includes two two-hour lectures and one one -hour exam period each week. Lectures are augmented with extensive video support. This course embraces a physiological perspective: It focuses on the processes of sensation (reception- transduction-encoding) and perception (integration-organization) which allow organisms to extract and utilize information from their surroundings. The course begins with a historical retrospective into the development of the philosophy of science, the scientific method, and early perspectives on psychophysics and perception. The course considers the importance of evolution, development, instinct, learning, and disease as the processes of vision, audition, olfaction, gustation, and mechanoreception are explored, though vision and audition are emphasized. The anatomy of the visual system, color perception, perception of form, perception of movement, visual development, and visual defects are explored.
  2. 2. 2 Similarly, the auditory system, the perception of speech, appreciation of music, and diseases of the auditory system are presented. Controversies related to the relative importance of innate versus acquired factors in perceptual processes are also considered. The instructor will employ a comparative approach in surveying the course materials, utilizing a multitude of cross-taxonomic examples to illustrate the fundamental principles of perception. Upon completion of this course, students should possess an improved appreciation for the complexity of the mechanisms underlying bottom up (physiological) and top down (psychological) processes--and how their integration produces perception. More precisely, you should be able to: ~ Articulate how the scientific method is used to investigate the relationships between the nervous system and perception. ~ Differentiate between the various techniques and approaches employed by scientists in various areas of psychophysics and perceptual science. ~ Employ critical thinking skills to assess the merits of claims made by proponents and opponents of research in perception presented in the popular press. ~ Explain individual variation in patterns of perception. ~ Analyze and describe some of the current theories used to explain the complexity of human vision and audition. ~ Compare human perception with that of non-human species and describe the methods used to demonstrate species similarities and differences. ~ Connect the role of neurological structures and psychological disorders to related perceptual processes. ~ Develop strategies for using your knowledge of perception to improve the understanding of others whom you interact with about the processes of perception. ~ Encourage creative approaches toward developing adaptive aids to promote independence in special populations.
  3. 3. 3 Evaluation Procedures There will be five equally weighted 50 point exams. Please purchase form #2000. The lowest of the scores from the second, third, or fourth exam will be dropped during the calculation of the final grade. Exams absolutely must be taken on the Thursdays when scheduled except for compelling reasons (to be determined by your professor). The tests will consist of objective (multiple choice) items, derived from both the textbook and the lecture. There is simply too much material in the assigned readings to be covered during the time allocated for lecture. Consequently, students are expected to read all assignments before each lecture and are advised to read beyond the minimum assignment. This facilitates more productive, illustrative discussion in class. Responsibilities and Suggestions for Success Psychobiology, Biology, Physiology, Sensory Processes, Animal Cognition, or Environmental Awareness would provide students with a useful background for this course. Attendance is important. You are encouraged to attend class: Students who do not attend lecture during the first week will be dropped from the course. Thereafter, students missing more than eight hours of lecture may be dropped from the class. It is your responsibility to officially obtain a withdrawal from this course. Failure to do so may result in an F grade. Please attempt to arrive to class on time and plan to remain for the duration of the lecture to minimize disrupting others. Students should not engage in conversations unrelated to course materials during lectures. Students are encouraged to remain current in the readings in order to facilitate discussion in class. Prepared students are able to present informed questions that can clarify points of confusion for themselves and others. You should consider bringing your book to class and then to participate in class discussion. Failure to participate will be reflected in your performance on exams and in your final grade. Outside of class, students should attempt to work together on course materials, including studying for exams.
  4. 4. 4 Students must take exams when they are scheduled. A student missing an exam will receive zero points and this score will be treated as their low exam score, which is not entered into the consideration of the final grade. Students missing two exams or receiving a grade of D or lower on two exams are likely to be automatically dropped from the class. Students must arrive within fifteen minutes of the beginning of the exam, after which the exam is closed: You have up to 60 minutes to complete exams. No electronic devices may be used within the context of exams unless authorized by your professor, and then only for compelling reasons. Cheating on exams will be rewarded with a grade of F and subsequent disciplinary actions. Students with learning or other disabilities should speak to the instructor, who will place them in contact with the Disability Resource Center or other student services. Please deactivate all casual communications devices within the classroom. Grading Scale There is no "+-" grading. 200-180=A; 179-160=B; 159-140=C; 139-120=D; 119 and below=F. Tentative Course Schedule The term begins on June 21 and concludes on July 30. The final day of instruction is July 29. July 4 is a national holiday. We reserve the right to alter schedules as the course proceeds. June 21-24: Introduction to the Course & Your Textbook Perspectives of the Instructor Introduction to Sensation & Perception Ch. 1 pg. 1 Basic Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology
  5. 5. 5 Basic Concepts in Evolutionary Biology Psychophysics Ch. 2 pg. 23 Introduction to Visual Perception June 28-July 1: Exam One The Visual System Ch. 3 pg. 46 Fundamental Visual Functions and Phenomena Ch. 4 pg. 89 Comparative Perceptual Processes How other animals perceive the world June 28-July 1: More vision Color Vision Ch. 5 pg. 116 Visual Pattern and Form Perception: Basic Processes of Perceptual Organization Ch. 6 pg. 142 July 5-8: Exam Two Higher Processes of Perceptual Organization Ch. 7 pg. 168 Perception of Movement Ch. 8 pg. 194 Perception of Space: Monocular and Binocular Vision Ch. 9 pg. 218
  6. 6. 6 July 12-15: More Damned Vision Constancy & Illusion Ch. 10 pg. 250 Perceptual Development Ch. 11 pg. 287 July 19-22: Exam Three The Auditory System Ch. 12 pg. 315 Fundamental Auditory Functions and Phenomena Ch. 13 pg. 347 Auditory Pattern Perception: Sound as Information Ch. 14 pg. 361 July 26-29: Exam Four The Orienting Sense Ch. 15 pg. 398 The Skin Senses Ch. 16 pg. 412 July 26-29: Other Sensory Modalities The Chemical Sense of Taste Ch. 17 pg. 449 The Chemical Sense of Smell Ch. 18 pg. 468 The Perception of Time: Protensity Ch. 19 pg. 491
  7. 7. 7 Comparative Psychophysical and Perceptual Studies Course retrospective and Review Exam Five July 30: End of Summer Session I We reserve the right to alter schedules as the course proceeds.