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Introduction to Psychology: Sensation and Perception
Learn how our sensory systems work together to help us to perceive and respond to the world around us.
Created by Assoc Prof Matthew Mundy, offered on FutureLearn
How do our five senses work together to help us understand our environment and the behaviour of others?
This course explores the psychology of sensation and perception, how it differs, and how they combine with attention to determine exactly how we perceive our environment. You’ll also look at why psychologists look at sensation when they study perception, which is a key component of our behaviour and mental processes.Understand the principles of perception
In order to properly study perception, you’ll need to understand the function and structure of sensory systems and compare the pros and cons of the main psychological methodologies. This course will build this knowledge, as well as an understanding of the mechanisms of perceptual constancies. You’ll be able to interpret the ways that perceptual elements are grouped, and learn how to speak about the Gestalt principles confidently.
This introductory course is for anyone interested in psychology - you don’t need any past experience.
It might be of particular use to learners who have already completed a Bachelor degree in other disciplines who are interested in expanding their science and research skills.
What you will learn
- Explain the structure and function of the sensory systems of vision, audition, touch, taste, and smell.
- Assess the extent to which the processes of transduction and coding are common to all senses or specific to each different sense.
- Compare the advantages and disadvantages of the main types of psychophysical methods.
- Interpret some of the ways perceptual elements, including edges and contours, are perceptually grouped (Gestalt principles).
- Evaluate the mechanisms of perceptual constancies.
- This introductory course is for anyone interested in psychology - you don’t need any past experience.
- It might be of particular use to learners who have already completed a Bachelor degree in other disciplines who are interested in expanding their science and research skills.
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