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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP5070174, A.A. 2018/19

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Degree course First cycle degree in
PS2192, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination COGNITION AND SENSORY PERCEPTION
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge GIANLUCA CAMPANA M-PSI/01
Other lecturers MASSIMO GRASSI M-PSI/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/01 General Psychology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019

Prerequisites: Prerequisites for attending this course are:
1) knowledge about Basic concepts of Psychology, and in particular psychophysics, sensations and perception;
2) knowledge of psychobiology, with particular reference to the notions of morphology and physiology of neuron and anatomo-phisiology of the visual and auditory system.
Target skills and knowledge: Aim of this course is to guide students in learning the mechanisms of sensory and perceptual processes, with particular reference to vision and hearing.

Specifically, the expected knowledge is as follows.

1) Retina: from photoreceptors to receptive fields of ganglion cells;
2) From the thalamus to the primary visual cortex; simple and complex cells, acuity and hyperacuity, columns and hyper-columns, plasticity, stereo vision and depth perception.
3) Perception of objects: areas V2/V3, binding mechanism, ventral and dorsal pathway, inferior temporal cortex (IT).
4) Perception of movement: magnocellular pathway, motion detectors, mid-temporal area (MT), parallaxes, eye movements, motion aftereffects, form from motion and biological motion.
5) Visuo-spatial attention.
Specific learning activities will be possible in the following areas:
Filling-in, perceptual learning, lateral interactions between detectors, facial perception, visual awareness, adaptation and motion aftereeffects, visuo-spatial attention, perceptual priming, perception of motion, ensemble representations.

Examination methods: Assessment of the learned knowledge and skills is carried out through a written exam consisting of 4 open questions. In particular, assessment of the correct acquisition of concepts and methodology that characterize the program of the course and completeness of the acquired knowledge is carried out.

Students have to register for the exam session 10 to 4 days before the date of the exam itself, through the Uniweb platform.
The two modules of the course are complementary and tightly integrated. The lessons, the exam preparation and the score as well as the exam appeals are organized in collaboration by the two teachers.

For attending students, students are given the opportunity to try their hand at implementing an experiment that deals with one of the topics covered, or else presenting a lesson on a topic of their choice based on the critical reading of scientific papers on one of the proposed topics. These activities will be used in partial replacement of the exam and will only require, in addition, a brief oral examination.
Assessment criteria: Assessment criteria are:
1. Completeness of the acquired knowledge.
2. Degree of understanding of the mechanisms that underlie the functions considered.
3. Ability to describe theoretical and methodological contents in a precise and exhaustive manner.
4. Properties of the technical terminology used.
Course unit contents: Psychophysics

- anatomy and physiology of visual pathways
- spatial vision
- object's perception and recognition
- stereopsis depth perception
- motion perception
- attention and perception of complex scenes

- anatomy and physiology of hearing
- frequency selectivity
- pitch
- loudness
- auditory scene analysis
- elements of psychology of music
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lessons will be interleaved with interactive discussions and practical exercises
Additional notes about suggested reading: Suggested textbook and slides posted on Moodle
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Jeremy M. Wolfe, Keith R. Kluender, Dennis M. Levi, Linda M. Bartoshuk, Rachel S. Herz, Roberta Kla, Sensation & Perception, fourth Edition. Sunderland, MA, USA: Sinauer Associates, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)