PSYC3318 Perception and Sensory Neuropsychology

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Psychological Science; Psychology in Society; Psychology major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • 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
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
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.

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

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