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Course module: WBMV09004
WBMV09004
Methods in Perception
Course infoSchedule
Course codeWBMV09004
ECTS Credits7.5
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionDutch, English
Offered byFaculty of Humanities; Utrecht Graduate School of Humanities; Domein Wijsbegeerte e Kunstmatige Intelligentie AM;
Contact persondr. J.J. Fahrenfort
E-mailJ.J.Fahrenfort@uu.nl
Lecturers
Lecturer
Docent nog onbekend
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
3  (04/02/2013 to 13/04/2013)
Teaching period in which the course begins
3
Time slotA: MON-morning, TUE-afternoon, WED-morning
Study mode
Full-time
Enrolment periodfrom 21/01/2013 up to and including 22/01/2013
Course application processOsiris
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Pre-enrolmentNo
Waiting listNo
Course placement process(Sub)school
Course goals
During this course, students will acquire fundamental knowledge of the human visual system (anatomy, physiology, functional properties of the visual system), and the scientific techniques used to investigate it. At the end of the course, students will have a basic insight into the type of computations that the visual cortex uses to process and interpret visual information. Importantly, they will gain a basic understanding of the methods and techniques that are used to acquire knowledge about the visual system (e.g. Psychophysical methods, fMRI, electrophysiology / EEG, and other neurophysiological techniques), and the empirical cycle that forms the basis of scientific experiments.
Content
Using classroom lectures and scientific publications, students will be introduced to the computational challenges that the visual system is presented with, and how these might be solved by the visual system. An oversight will be given of the scientific method in general, and research methods in vision research in particular. Although the focus is on vision science, what is learned can be applied on other domains in perception (e.g. haptics, audition etcetera). Students will be challenged to design and possibly execute a scientific experiment that is able to answer a predetermined research question.

During this course, students will acquire fundamental knowledge of the human visual system (anatomy, physiology, functional properties of the visual system), and the scientific techniques used to investigate it. At the end of the course, students will have a basic insight into the type of computations that the visual cortex uses to process and interpret visual information.  Importantly, they will gain a basic understanding of the methods and techniques that are used to acquire knowledge about the visual system (e.g. Psychophysical methods, fMRI, electrophysiology / EEG, and other neurophysiological techniques), and the empirical cycle that forms the basis of scientific experiments. At the end of the course, students should be able to read and understand scientific papers in the field of vision research. Finally, students will be able to design and possibly perform simple psychophysical experiments, and perform basic analysis of psychophysical and/or neurophysiological data.
Entry requirements
The following course module must be completed:
- Mastercursussen Geesteswetenschappen (200501100)
Required materials
Yet to be specified
Required materials: Literature - will be supplied
Recommended materials
Yet to be specified
Recommended materials: - will be recommended
Instructional formats (attendance required)
Assignment (Required)

General remarks
Assignments: 1. Weekly assignments, 2. Writing of a short scientific report, 3. Writing and presenting of a review-article

Lecture (Required)

Tests
Test
Test weight100
Minimum grade-

Assessment
Final test (100%), for participation in the final test satisfactory result on each of the assignments is required

Deadlines
Week 3 to 8, one assignment a week

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