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

Spring 2004

PSY 323 • Perception

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39950 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
GRG 102
CORMACK

Course Description

This course will provide students with an introduction to the study of perception. Perception is defined as the process by which organisms extract useful information from their environment. Our "selves," the part of us that is conscious, receives all of its information about the world through our sensory apparatuses (our eyes, ears, nose, mouth and skin). Course material will cover most aspects of the perceptual processes including -physics of light and sound, -biochemistry of retinal phototransduction -electromechanical transduction in the auditory system -basic neurophysiology and neuroanatomy -functional cortical physiology

Grading Policy

Three exams and one comprehensive final will be given. Your final grade will be based on the highest three of the four grades. Thus, if you are happy with your grade after the first three exams, there is no need to take the final. No early, late or make-up exams will be given. Both lecture material and material from the assigned readings will be covered on the exams and final. Exams will be mostly multiple choice; there may be some short answer questions. The final grades will be normalized to the highest student's grade ("curved").

Texts

"Perception," 4th edition, Sekuler and Blake

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