PSYCH 442 - Perception, Science, and Reality
Section: 001
Term: FA 2014
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
One of the following: PSYCH 111, 112, 114, or 115.
Other Course Info:
F, W, Su.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course focuses on basic perceptual phenomena and theories. At its most general level, human perception concerns the questions of how and why human beings use sensory information to conceive of, and experience immediate reality the way they do. Therefore, this course is a broadly based course that examines the study of perception from a number of different perspectives:

  • Cognitive psychology and information processing
  • Philosophy of mind and phenomenology
  • History of psychology and philosophy of science.

Particular topics include:

  • Sensory transduction and psychophysics
  • Gestalt organization
  • constancy and contrast effects
  • Expectation
  • Selective attention
  • Perceptual learning
  • Symbolic representation
The instructor assumes no particular psychology background.

All of the readings for the course are provided on the CTools website for the course. There are no other required texts, so there are no expenses for the course.

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Course Requirements:

Grades will be determined on the basis of two short papers (worth a total of 35% of the grade) and one longer paper (worth 50% of the grade). In addition, attendance will be taken in each class and an attendance factor of 15% is included in the computation of the course grade.

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PSYCH 442 - Perception, Science, and Reality
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 3:00PM
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