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In this course, you will learn how humans sense and perceive the world around us. First we will consider the philosophical questions that humans have asked about perception, and study the methods and techniques to answer those questions. We will study the sensory pathways, fundamental perceptual processing, and higher-level meaning-making. We will also learn the orienting senses, skin senses, smell and taste, audition, vision, and the perception of time. We will consider sensation and perception from physiological, psychophysical, ecological, motivational, and computational perspectives.
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Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Learn the history and methods used in the science of sensation and perception.
2. Learn the structure of the major sensory systems.
3. Learn the transduction and transmission processes for the major sensory systems.
4. Learn how sensory information is perceived and processed.
5. Learn how perceptual information helps us in our lives.
6. Learn additional applications of sensation and perception information.
7. Learn about the changes to sensation and perception over the lifecycle.