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Jacqueline Woolley, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

Spring 2005

PSY 341K • Percep Systems: Neurons/Behav/Evol

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
41525 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
sea 2.108

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 perceptual systems with an emphasis on perception in humans and non-human primates. In this course, students will learn about the physics of perceptual stimuli, the neural processing of perceptual information, the performance of humans (and other primates) in perceptual tasks, and the evolution of perceptual systems.

Grading Policy

Students will be evaluated on the basis of their performance on exams, homework problems and a research paper. Exams will be a mixture of multiple choice and short answer. The exams and homework will constitute 3/4 of the final grade, and the research paper 1/4 of the final grade.


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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