Postgraduate taught 

Philosophy of Mind & Psychology MSc

Advanced Perception and Cognition (PGT) PSYCH5021

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • 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 and auditory 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 (3,000 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 and auditory perception and cognition. This is achieved by a series of experts in the field providing the theoretical background, details of experimental techniques (including some practical exercises) and recent results from their research field. As a result, students will be provided with a critical appreciation and technical grounding for their research projects.

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 and auditory perception and 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) aspects of high-level visual perception and cognition (e.g. scene recognition, face perception, object categorisation)

d) auditory perception and cognition (e.g. soundwave structure, the mechanics of hearing, speech and voice perception).

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.