• Offered by Research School of Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course builds upon the concepts introduced in PSYC2007 and can be taken concurrently with PSYC3015. It focuses on current issues in the area of perception and perceptual neuroscience. The aim is to understand some of the defining questions in the area and also the various experimental techniques that are used to investigate these issues. 

Examples of the types of topics that may be covered include: solving the binding problem, i.e. how the various visual attributes of an object (e.g. its speed, shape and colour) are combined to form a coherent percept; how information from successive eye movements is integrated; the neural underpinnings of visual attention; and the integration of form and motion information.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1.    Describe a number of contemporary issues in perception and/or perceptual neuroscience

2.    Describe a number of experimental techniques that can be used to investigate these issues, with particular emphasis on their relative strengths and weaknesses. 

3. Apply critical analysis skills to evaluate research studies and conclusions 

4. Design experimental studies, from logical conception to stimulus details. 

Indicative Assessment

Mid-semester exam 35% (LO 1-3)
End of semester exam 35% (LO 1-3)
Laboratory report 30% (LO 4) 

Both examinations must be passed in order for an overall pass in the course to be awarded. 

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Class contact: Two lectures per week and 8 hours of laboratory classes spread across the semester

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed PSYC2007.

Prescribed Texts

Blake & Sekular

ISBN: 9780072887600




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6.00 0.12500
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2021 $4110
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2021 $5880
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