How the brain constructs reality.
This paper is an exploration of the sensory systems. How does the brain construct reality? Sight, sound, touch, smell, taste - these are the processes that allow us to interact with the world and with each other, ultimately enabling us to build our own individualised versions of reality. In this paper we explore the amazing capabilities of the sensory systems, examining the physiology and psychology behind sensation and perception. All five of the classic sensory systems will be covered; additional lecture topics include sensory deprivation, psychedelic drugs and the phenomenon of synaesthesia.
|Paper title||Sensation and Perception|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,038.45|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,492.80|
- PSYC 210 and PSYC 211 and PSYC 212
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Science
- For Neuroscience students the prerequisite is PSYC 111.
- With departmental approval, a student who has achieved a grade of at least B+ in each
of PSYC 210 and 212 may take no more than one of PSYC 313-327 concurrently with PSYC
With departmental approval, a student who has achieved a grade of at least B+ in PSYC 211 may take no more than one of PSYC 313-327 concurrently with PSYC 210 and 212.
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of Psychology's website
- Teaching staff
- Lecturer: Dr Kristin Hillman
- Paper Structure
- This paper presents a survey of the following topics:
- Vestibular Sensation
- Clinical Case Studies
- Sensory Deprivation
The final mark consists of 50% internal assessment (two 25% in-class tests) and 50% external assessment (one 50% exam).
- Teaching Arrangements
- Three 1-hour lectures per week
Lecture attendance is an essential component of this paper as the majority of test and exam questions draw from material presented in-class.
- As a reference text students may wish to use:
Goldstein, E.B. (2014). Sensation and perception (9th ed.). Belmont: Wadsworth.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding,
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
- Learning Outcomes
- Students who successfully complete the paper will develop
- A foundational understanding of the sensory systems
- An appreciation of the roles of nature and nurture in perceptual development
- Recognition of the ever-increasing interplay between technology and sensation/perception