Perception Psychology (2005/2006)

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Name of lecturer
Chiara Della Libera
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Third four month term dal Apr 3, 2006 al Jun 9, 2006.

Lesson timetable

Third four month term
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall C  
Thursday 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall C  

Learning outcomes

Visual perception, such as perception in other sensory modalities, is only partially determined by external stimulus properties, as it is mainly due to the observer's experience. Perception Psychology refers to the ensamble of cognitive computations that, once applied to the signals coming from the external world, give rise to perceptual experience.
The aim of this course is that of providing a wide and complete view of the physiological and cognitive phenomena underlying perceptual experience. A multidisciplinary approach will be favored, and the traditional aspects of Perception Psychology will be integrated with the corresponding phenomena studied in the field of Cognitive Neuroscience.


- Anatomical and functional organization of the visual system
- Contrast vision
- Perception of bidimensional stimuli
- Visual illusions
- Space and depth perception
- Eye movements
- Perception of moving stimuli
- Color perception
- Object recognition
- Perception and action
- Attention and perception
- Visual search
- Learning, memory and perception
- Psychology of reading
- Perception in other sensory modalities

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Michael W. Levine Fundamentals of Sensation and Perception: Third Edition Oxford University Press 2000 Ottimo testo di riferimento alternativo, in lingua inglese.
Purghé F., Stucchi N., Olivero A. La percezione visiva UTET 1999 Capitoli 2-6, 9-15, 18, 19, 22. Ulteriori testi integrativi saranno forniti durante le lezioni.
Sekuler R. & Blake R. Perception. Fourth Edition McGraw Hill 2002 Ottimo testo di riferimento alternativo, in lingua inglese.
Stephen E. Palmer Vision Science: Photons to Phenomenology MIT Press 1999 Testo di riferimento alternativo con riferimenti anche alla visione computazionale, in lingua inglese.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam will be held in an oral form.

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