PSYC3318 Perception and Sensory Neuropsychology

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Psychological Science major sequence
  • Level 3 option in the Psychology in Society; Psychology major sequences
  • Level 3 elective
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 use research techniques to collect data relevant to a contemporary issue in perception or sensory neuropsychology.
Students are able to (1) appreciate the importance of the scientific method in advancing psychological knowledge; (2) describe the basic functioning of multiple sensory systems in both normal and abnormal populations; (3) understand and use research tools for studying sensory and perceptual functions relevant to psychology; (4) analyse, interpret and present data from different contemporary research techniques; and (5) present written and oral summaries of scientific research.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods
PSYC2218 Perception and Sensory Neuropsychology
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs 5 x 2 hours
Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).

Student 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 the ability to complete the requirements of the unit. Refer to individual unit outlines for more detailed unit information.
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.