BSc Psychology

Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Perception and Action

Unit code PSYC21012
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Division of Psychology and Mental Health
Available as a free choice unit? No



We will detail advanced theories of visual perception and discuss more complex perception, for example the perception of complex motion, 3D perception; object recognition, multisensory perception; perceiving reflections and shadows, ecological perception, perception of art, event perception, space perception and face perception.



The unit aims to:
The unit aims to introduce students to more advanced concepts in perception and action, and develop their experience of discussing research within a seminar group.



Week 1 Theories of Visual Perception 
Week 2 Spatial Vision 
Week 3 Colour and Lightness constancy 
Week 4 Motion perception
Week 5 Depth perception 
Week 6 Object recognition 
Week 7 Face recognition 
Week 8  Multisensory perception 
Week 9  Human action 
Week 10 l Disorders of action 
Week 11 Perception of actions 
Week 12 Revision – Q & A session 

Teaching and learning methods


This course will consist of 18 hours of lectures and four 1-hour seminar classes.
E-learning provision: Lecture content, supplementary reading and resources including case studies, news items, quizzes and Wikis, and a monitored discussion board will be provided via Blackboard.

Knowledge and understanding


· demonstrate an understanding of advanced perception and action research.
· critically evaluate the methods used in perception and action research
· relate empirical findings to our understanding of perception in the real world.

Intellectual skills


· critically analyze the empirical basis for perception and action research
· apply knowledge of perception and action to interpret research findings and everyday situations

Practical skills


· appraise empirical data
· be able to discuss empirical findings with others within a small group context
· Plan, research and write up an essay on a topic in the area of perception and action.

Transferable skills and personal qualities


· Students will have the opportunity to develop their skills in: Synthesising information; summarising theories and
evidence; critical thinking; evaluating research; working in groups; communicating effectively both orally and in
writing; presenting concise and persuasive arguments

Assessment methods

A 90 minute exam worth 100%

Feedback methods


Feedback will be provided through seminar discussions, through answers to questions asked in lecture sessions, and through discussion forums on Blackboard. You are also welcome to email the lecturers with any questions or points of clarification you may have. Feedback will be made available on your exam essays after the exam period.

Recommended reading


1. Ward, J. (2010). The Student’s Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience, 2nd edition. Hove: Psychology Press, Taylor & Francis Group.
2. Eysenck, M.W. & Keane, M.T. (2010). Cognitive Psychology: A Student’s Handbook (6th edition). Psychology Press.
3. Bruce, V., Georgeson, M.A., & Green, P.A. (2003). Visual Perception: Physiology, Psychology and Ecology. Psychology Press.

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 0

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