UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

PSYC2218 Perception and Sensory Neuropsychology

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Psychological Science; Psychology major sequences
  • Level 2 complementary unit in the Neuroscience major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 2 elective
Content How do our brains interpret inputs from, and govern our interactions with, the world? This unit examines the theoretical, functional and biological bases of perception. To do so, the unit explores the psychological and neural basis of sensory perception, attention and the impact of brain damage on perceptual behaviour. It considers classic questions about the degree of functional localisation and specialisation present in the brain and also shows how behavioural and physiological measures may be used to study both brain function and the impact of the environment on that function. In the associated practical classes, students become acquainted with contemporary theory, phenomena and methodology in perception and sensory neuropsychology.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) recall and integrate key knowledge and concepts about (a) theoretical approaches to understanding human perception; (b) brain mechanisms that control human perceptual behaviour; (c) functional properties of human perceptual performance; (d) the impact of cortical damage on visual performance; and (e) the interaction between perceptual systems and (2) acquire skills in (a) measurement and analysis of human performance targeted at understanding neural limitations on that behaviour; and (b) designing, measuring and analysing the performance of a single observer in a perceptual task.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) assignments; (2) in-class assessment; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Winthrop Professor David Badcock
Unit rules
Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain or PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Incompatibility: PSYC3318 Perception and Sensory Neuropsychology
Contact hours lectures: 2 hours per week; labs 5 x 2 hours
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/PSYC2218/SEM-2/2017
Note Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).

Students are exposed to topics in psychology units that may cause some discomfort or distress in certain individuals (e.g. depression, suicide, trauma, eating disorders). They also require to demonstrate skills across a variety of different formats and contexts (e.g. written assessments, participation in practical work, contribution to group discussions, oral presentations, examinations), and so it is important to carefully consider whether they are able to cope with the demands of studying psychology and whether there is anything that would impact upon their ability to complete the requirements of the unit. Refer to individual unit outlines for more detailed unit information.
Texts

Current textbook information is available in the School of Psychology textbooks list.


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