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James W. Pennebaker, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

Spring 2006

PSY 323 • Perception

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42955 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
NOA 1.124

Course Description

The perceptual systems (vision, hearing, touch, smell, and so on) are the brain's window on the world. This lecture course presents an introduction to human perception. In this course, students will learn about (a) the physics of sound and light, (b) the neural processing of perceptual information and (c) a variety of perceptual phenomena and associated theories

Grading Policy

Three one-hour exams and a comprehensive final will be given in this course. Exams will be a mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions. The lowest grade on the three one-hour exams will be dropped, and the final will carry 1.5 times the weight on each of the midterm exams. Thus, the sum of the scores on the two midterms and the final will determine the final grade. The exams and finals may include some questions based upon lecture material not covered, or not covered extensively, in the readings.


Sekuler, R. and Blake, R. (2002) Perception (4th Edition), New York: McGraw-Hill. Other course materials (including all the lecture materials) will be available at the website:


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