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 7 of the Text):

W Jan 17 --- Introduction / Overview .......... Ch1, pp 3 - 12, 16 - 17
F Jan 19 --- The Nature of Light / The Eyes .......... Ch 2, pp 28 - 33
M Jan 22 --- Anatomy of the Human Eye
W Jan 24 --- Anatomy of the Eye/ Optics
F Jan 26 --- Imperfections/Problems in Vision .......... Web Material 1, pp 545 - 558
M Jan 29 --- Photoreceptors (Rods and Cones) .......... Ch 2, pp 33 - 41; Ch 3, pp 45 - 49
W Jan 31 --- Duplicity - Photopic and Scotopic Vision .......... Ch 16, pp 352 - 355
F Feb 2 --- Duplicity - Photopic and Scotopic Vision
M Feb 5 --- Exam 1
W Feb 7 --- Studying the Perceptual Process - Methods.......... Ch 1, pp 9 - 16; Ch 2, pp 22 24
F Feb 9 --- Methods of Psychophysics
M Feb 12 --- Methods, Signal Detection Theory .......... Appendix (pp 373 - 378)
W Feb 14 --- Basics of Neural Function .......... Ch 2, pp 24 - 28
F Feb 16 --- Ganglion Cell Receptive Fields .......... Ch 3, pp 49 - 58
M Feb 19 --- Lateral Inhibition & Perception .......... Ch 7, pp 159 162
W Feb 21 --- Higher Level Visual Pathways/Processing .......... Ch 3, pp 58 - 67; Ch 4, pp 72 - 77
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 .......... Web Material 2, pp 88-95, 591 - 593
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, pp 76 - 90; Ch 6
F Mar 16 --- Color Vision: Color mixture .......... Ch 7
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 8
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 9
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 10, pp 216 223
F Apr 13 --- Exam 4
M Apr 16 --- Hearing: Sound, the Ear .......... Ch 11
W Apr 18 --- Hearing: Sound, the Ear
F Apr 20 --- Processing of Frequency & Intensity .......... Ch 12
M Apr 23 --- Processing of Frequency & Intensity
W Apr 25 --- Hearing Loss .......... Web Material 1, 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.