|Time||Days||Location||Instructor||GER||Credit||OPUS Class Number||Syllabus (Tentative)|
New Psyc Bldg 493 (36 Eagle Ro
|Rodman, Hillary R..||WRT.||4||2710||TBA.|
We will cover three broad areas within the psychology and neuroscience of vision, sequenced to allow us to consider the question of "what is visual experience?" in increasingly sophisticated ways. The areas are:
I. Comparative perception and evolution of vision: how do animals see the world?
For example, how do visual environments and ecology specify what animals ‘need' to see? How are these differences reflected in structure and function of eyes and visual systems? How can we begin to understand how an animal perceives?
II. How do we recognize and process faces? How is face recognition accomplished by the brain? How do the characteristics of a face, of the perceiver, and of the social context affect the perception of facial information? How and why does face recognition break down in neurological and psychiatric disease?
III. What is the neural basis of visual experience and visual consciousness? How might it be possible to study the neural basis of consciousness in humans? How can visual consciousness be modeled in animals? What brain mechanisms appear to reflect aspects of awareness?
Particulars: Readings will include selections from a variety of sources, including text chapters and monographs and journal articles from the scientific literature.
Required Textbooks, Articles, and Resources
- 5th Edition. A Pocket Style Manual. ISBN: 139780312664800.
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|Assignment and Participation||Assignments will include two papers (one 5-7 pages, one 12-15 pages), brief summaries of articles, Blackboard course blog, in-class writing exercises, brief presentation. Class participation also counts.|
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