Course Description

Course Name

Sensation and Perception

Session: VSOS3221

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.

Overview

This course provides a general introduction to contemporary theory and research in
perception, including an analysis of philosophical and biological issues. We learn how
biological organisms acquire, process and utilize information about objects and events
in the environment. Perception is an area of psychology where the links to
neuroscience are among the strongest. Thus, a recurring theme in the course is the
relation between brain events and perceptual events, with solid grounding in sensory
neurophysiology. All the senses - vision, audition, taste, smell and touch - are covered.
Besides its grounding in neurobiology, perception inevitably entails discussion of
philosophical issues, including epistemology (the branch of philosophy concerned with
the origins of knowledge) and the mind/body problem. Throughout the semester,
students are asked to think about the representational nature of knowledge and about
naive realism (the view that our perceptions provide an objective "picture" of reality).
In addition, the course seeks to establish links between principles of perception and
developments within the visual arts, music and literature. Lectures are supplemented
with demonstrations and exercises.

*Course content subject to change