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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSO2043227, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS1082, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PSYCHOLOGY OF PERCEPTION
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can 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

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/01 General Psychology 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

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 system.
Target skills and knowledge: Aim of this course is to guide students in learning the mechanisms of visual perceptual processing.

Specifically, the expected knowledge is as follows.

1) Skills on the main investigation methods such as: psychophysics, mental chronometry, neuroimaging techniques and neurostimulation
2) Knowledge of the characteristics of spatial vision, from visual acuity to contrast and their respective neural correlates.
3) Knowledge of the mechanisms underlying the perception of objects (grouping and segmentation, recognition).
4) Knowledge of the mechanisms underlying color perception.
5) mechanisms underlying the perception of space and binocular vision.
4) Knowledge of the mechanisms underlying the perception of simple and complex movement.
Examination methods: Assessment of the learned knowledge and skills is carried out through a written exam consisting of 4 open questions. The available time for writing the responses is one hour. 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 be involved in presenting/discussing topics of their choice based on the critical reading of scientific papers on 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: Methods of investigation in perception: psychophysics, mental chronometry, neuroimaging and neurostimulation techniques.
Spatial vision.
Perception of objects.
Perception of colors.
Perception of space and binocular vision.
Perception of motion.
Visual attention.
Perceptual priming.
Ensemble representations.

In-depth analysis will be possible in the following areas:
Filling-in, perceptual learning, lateral interactions between detectors, perception of faces, visual awareness, adaptation aftereffects, visuo-spatial attention, perceptual priming, perception of motion, ensemble representations.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lessons will be interleaved with interactive discussions and practical exercises.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Suggested textbooks "Sensation & Perception" By Wolfe et al. (chapters 3 to 8), "Psicologia della percezione. Guida allo studio" by Sergio Roncato.

slides posted on Moodle and the following website: (chapters 1 to 5).
Optional textbook: "Psicologia della percezione. Guida allo studio" by Sergio Roncato.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Jeremy M. Wolfe, Keith R. Kluender, Dennis M. Levi, Linda M. Bartoshuk, Rachel S. Herz, Roberta Klaz, Sensation & Perception. --: Oxford University Press, 2017. Chapters 3 to 8 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Sergio Roncato, Psicologia della percezione. Guida allo studio. Padova: Domeneghini Editore, 2017. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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