Perception Psychology (2009/2010)

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Roberto Burro
Roberto Burro
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2nd Semester dal Mar 1, 2010 al Jun 15, 2010.

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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
- Psychophysical
- 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
- Hearing: physiology and psychoacoustics
- Hearing and real environment
- The perception of music and language
- Touch
- Olfaction
- Taste

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
J.M. Wolfe ed altri Sensazione & Percezione Zanichelli Editore 2007 978-88-08-06745-6

Assessment methods and criteria

Normally, the examination takes place in writing