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PY3110 - Human Sensation and Perception

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social Sciences

This subject reviews the anatomy and physiology of the visual, auditory, gustatory, olfactory and somaesthetic sensory systems from periphery to cortex and explores how neural activity gives rise to our rich perceptual world. It explores the hypothesis that all perceptions are creations of our brains and looks at how and why we have evolved this strategy. Visual and somato sensory perception are dealt with in particular detail. Students are introduced to the essentials of psychophysics.

Learning Outcomes

  • a detailed knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the senses and the experiences to which they give rise;
  • a keen appreciation of the way in which humans make sense of the sea of energies in which they are immersed;
  • a thorough understanding of the experimental techniques used to study perception and experience in applying them.
Prerequisites: PY1101 OR PY1102


JCU Singapore, Study Period 52, Internal
Census Date 09-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: Ms Senthu Jeyaraj.
Workload expectations:
  • 24 hours lectures
  • 24 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); essays (40%).

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