Psychology/Biology 240 - Psychology and Biology of Perception
Spring 2007

Outline of topics with approximate dates (test dates and reading assignments may change)
(Date --- Topic .......... Reading Assignment in Edition 6 of the Text):

W Jan 17 --- Introduction / Overview .......... Ch1, pp1 - 11, 28 - 29
F Jan 19 --- The Nature of Light / The Eyes .......... Ch 2, pp 35 - 45
M Jan 22 --- Anatomy of the Human Eye
W Jan 24 --- Anatomy of the Eye/ Optics
F Jan 26 --- Imperfections/Problems in Vision .......... Ch 16, pp 545 - 558
M Jan 29 --- Photoreceptors (Rods and Cones) .......... Ch 2, pp 46 - 58
W Jan 31 --- Duplicity - Photopic and Scotopic Vision .......... Ch 15, pp 509 - 516
F Feb 2 --- Duplicity - Photopic and Scotopic Vision
M Feb 5 --- Exam 1
W Feb 7 --- Studying the Perceptual Process - Methods.......... Ch 1, pp 8 - 18, 24 - 28
F Feb 9 --- Methods of Psychophysics
M Feb 12 --- Methods, Signal Detection Theory .......... Appendix A (pp 583 - 590)
W Feb 14 --- Basics of Neural Function .......... Ch 1, pp 18 - 25
F Feb 16 --- Ganglion Cell Receptive Fields .......... Ch 2, pp 58 - 73
M Feb 19 --- Lateral Inhibition & Perception .......... Ch 6, pp 209 - 215
W Feb 21 --- Higher Level Visual Pathways/Processing .......... Ch 3, pp 77 - 87, 95 - 104
F Feb 23 --- Exam 2
M Feb 26 --- Form Perception: Stucturalism, Gestalt .......... Ch 5
W Feb 28 --- Gestalt School, Perceptual Organization
F Mar 2 --- Spatial Frequency: Multiple Channels Model .......... Ch 3, pp 88 - 95, Appendix B
M Mar 5 --- Spring Break, No Class
W Mar 7 --- Spring Break, No Class
F Mar 9 --- Spring Break, No Class
M Mar 12 --- Spatial Frequency: Contrast Sensitivity
W Mar 14 --- Perception of Shape and Objects .......... Ch 4
F Mar 16 --- Color Vision: Color mixture .......... Ch 6
M Mar 19 --- Color Vision: Trichromacy
W Mar 21 --- Color Vision: Opponency
F Mar 23 --- Exam 3
M Mar 26 --- Perception of Depth - Monocular Cues .......... Ch 7
W Mar 28 --- Perception of Depth - Binocular Cues
F Mar 30 --- Perception of Depth, Size Constancy
M Apr 2 --- Motion Perception - Image-Retina System .......... Ch 8
W Apr 4 --- Motion Perception - Image-Retina System
F Apr 6 --- Easter Break, No Class
M Apr 9 --- Easter Break, No Class
W Apr 11 --- Motion Perception - Eye-Head System .......... Ch 9, pp 304 - 310
F Apr 13 --- Exam 4
M Apr 16 --- Hearing: Sound, the Ear .......... Ch 10
W Apr 18 --- Hearing: Sound, the Ear
F Apr 20 --- Processing of Frequency & Intensity .......... Ch 11
M Apr 23 --- Processing of Frequency & Intensity
W Apr 25 --- Hearing Loss .......... Ch 16, pp 564 - 569
F Apr 27 --- Sound Localization, Auditory Scene Analysis
Friday, May 4, 9:00 - 11:00am, Exam 5 (no rescheduling, no exceptions!!!)


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Updated January 8, 2007.