Psychology BSc/MA/MA(SocSci)

Perception And Visual Cognition 3H/4H PSYCH4008

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course deals with advanced topics in human visual, auditory and multisensory perception and cognition.


Weekly one hour lectures

Excluded Courses



Examination 100% you will answer 2 questions from a choice of 5

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course deals with advanced topics in human visual, auditory and multisensory perception and cognition. The content ranges from classical theories and experimental methods to the latest results and theoretical discussions in the field. It also relates these scientific concepts to our practical experience of how we perceive the world.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students will be able to :

■ explain general principles of visual perception and how perception, cognition and action are linked together, in the context of both classical and contemporary theories of perception

■ describe and evaluate problems, theories and the neuroscientific underpinning of binocular vision and stereopsis;  motion-in-depth processing , eye movement control, visual perceptual learning and visual memory.

■ describe the theoretical importance of embodied cognition and its potential role in the planning of movements;

■ compare the advantages and disadvantages of combining information across the senses and how multisensory perception can be studied empirically;

■ explain how perceptual cues are used to bring about the successful perception of social cues;

■ apply theories of perception and cognition to the understanding of attention and consciousness.

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.