Postgraduate taught 

Philosophy of Mind & Psychology MSc

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

Short Description

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.

Excluded Courses



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).

Course Aims

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.