(PSYC 380) Sensation and Perception
This course deals with how we construct a conception of physical reality from our sensory experience. While the primary focus will be on vision and hearing, the chemical senses (taste and smell) and the somatosenses (touch, temperature, and vibration) will also be addressed. We will cover the anatomy and physiology of the various sensory receptors, the neural mechanisms of sensation, sensory representation in the brain as well as the phenomenological experience of perception. We will also discuss how illusions can fool our senses and what they tell us about how our sensory systems work.