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Time: Wednesdays 600-845pm
Location: DMH 355
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SJSU Catalog Description: Empirical and theoretical approaches to the psychology of perception with an emphasis on vision. Topics include the perception of form, color, depth and motion as well as the effects of attention and experience. Prerequisite: Psyc 1.

This course: How do humans and other animals obtain knowledge about the world? It is easy to take perception for granted, but complex processes (only partly understood) underlie our ability to understand the world by seeing, hearing, feeling, tasting, and smelling it. This is not because the scientific study of sensation and perception is new, however. In fact, the study of perception is the oldest continuing scientific tradition in psychology. Perception has fascinated philosophers, physicists, and physiologists for centuries. Currently, perception is a central topic not only in psychology, but also in cognitive science, computer science, and neuroscience. How do scientists approach perception? We seek to discover lawful relations between perceptual experiences and the physical world and to develop models of the processes and mechanisms that produce these connections. To accomplish this, we need accounts of the information, the computational processes, and the neural mechanisms involved in perception. In this course, we will discuss fundamental problems in perception (primarily vision), and learn about techniques that are applied in attempts to solve these problems.