Visual Perception and Cognition (PGT) PSYCH5021
- Academic Session: 2019-20
- School: School of Psychology
- Credits: 20
- Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
- Typically Offered: Semester 2
- Available to Visiting Students: No
- Available to Erasmus Students: No
This course introduces students to detailed aspects of current research projects related to visual
perception and cognition, thereby providing a grounding for the research project.
2 hours weekly
Requirements of Entry
Typically a 2:1 honours degree in psychology or related discipline.
There is one piece of coursework worth 100% of the overall mark. The coursework can be chosen from the following list:
1. A critical review on a topic relevant to the course. (3,500 words)
2. An original computer program that performs a specific task relevant to the experimental techniques described in the course.
3. A detailed description of how to analyse data from a specific neuroimaging experiment (e.g. fMRI, EEG).
To introduce students to detailed aspects of current research projects related to visual perception and cognition, thereby providing a grounding for the further study to be done in the research project.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to;
■ Reflect critically a broad range of topics in visual perception and visual cognition and have detailed knowledge of at least three different research techniques/paradigms.
The topics covered will be in:
a) aspects of low-level visual perception (e.g. perceptual inference of colour and physiological mechanisms of colour
b) aspects of mid-level visual perception (e.g. surface representation, binocular rivalry)
c) perception and action (e.g. relationship between perception of biological motion and
performance of encoded actions)
d) aspects of high-level visual perception and visual cognition (e.g. scene recognition, face perception, object categorisation)
Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits
Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.