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BSc Optometry / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
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Course unit details:
Visual Neurophysiology & Fundamentals of Visual Perception
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
Visual Neurophysiology introduces the basic structure and function of the visual system. You will study structures including the retina in the eye and the Lateral Geniculate Nucleus and Visual Cortex in the brain. Fundamentals of Visual Perception provides a broad introduction to vision and the rules that govern perception.
The unit aims to:
- Introduce the rudiments of neurophysiology of the visual system.
- To develop basic concepts of neural processing of information.
- Provide a broad introduction to rules that govern visual perception.
- Appreciation of the main structures forming the visual pathway in higher primates, including the retina, Lateral Geniculate Nucleus (LGN) and Visual Cortex. The relationship of these to overall anatomy of the brain. A superficial appreciation of how visual information is analysed in the visual cortex.
- Organisation of complex and largely unfamiliar material and concepts. Additional reading from scientific literature.
- No practical element.
Course covers the following topics:
The structure and function of the eye:
Structure and function of the Lateral Geniculate Nucleus
Structure and function of the Primary Visual Cortex (V1)
The What and the Where Pathways
Fundamentals of Psychophysics
Why do we move our eyes?
How is Motion Processed in the Visual System
How is Form Processed in the Visual System
How is Depth information Processed in the Visual System
How is Colour generated in the Visual System
How do group visual features together
Vision and the other senses
Kahoot quizzes (10 MCQs) will be given in each lecture to help formative learning. Quizes will be made available for revision purposes at the end of the semester
• Snowden R, Thompson P, and Troscianko T(2012) Basic Vision: An introduction to Visual Perception. Oxford University Press
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|Assessment written exam||2|
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|Niall Mcloughlin||Unit coordinator|