Perception & Sensory Processes: W2230x

(Fall 1998)

Tues & Thurs 6:10-7:25, 614 Schermerhorn Hall

Dr. Sabina Wolfson Todd Hudson
Tel: 854-3006 Tel: 854-5548
Office: 358-360 Schermerhorn Ext Office: 367 Schermerhorn Ext
Office Hrs: Tues 4:30-5:30 or by appointment Office Hrs: Thurs 5:00-6:00 and Fri 1:00-2:00


Levine & Shefner, Fundamentals of Sensation & Perception


There will be three in-class (closed book) exams. The first exam will cover approximately the first third of the material and will account for 24% of your grade. The second exam will cover approximately the second third of the material and will account for 24% of your grade. The third exam (the final exam) will cover all of the material (though it will emphasize the last third of the material) and will account for 48% of your grade. The last 4% of your grade will come from participation in the class. There will be no make-up exams.

Update: The final has been changed. It will now cover only the last 3rd of the material. Each of the 3 exams will be weighted equally for your grade.

In addition to the required exams, there is an optional paper. The optional paper can replace either of the exam grades or half of the final grade (i.e., the paper can count for 24% of your grade). The paper grade will only count if it is better than one of your other grades (i.e., the paper cannot hurt you). The paper topic must be approved by the instructor. If your paper topic has not be approved, your paper will not be read. The optional paper is due on or before the start of the last regular class session (12/10). Late papers will not be accepted. Papers placed in the instructor's mailbox will not be accepted.

Update: Since the paper can replace an exam grade, and since each of the exams is now worth 32% of your grade, the paper can now count for 32% of your grade. Paper topics must be approved by 12/10, but the paper is now due 12/17 by 5:00pm.


The following may change, but this is what will probably happen. The exams will be short-answer essay questions (short-answer means a half of an 8 1/2 x 11 page per question). The questions will be similar in spirit to the study questions provided for each chapter. You will get to choose which questions to answer (i.e., answer 4 of the following 5 questions). When answering the questions a graph/table/picture will usually be needed in addition to a few well-worded sentences. Well-worded means that incorrect information will count against you.


Date Readings Topic
09/08 Tues Levine & Shefner Ch 1 Introduction
09/10 Thurs Levine & Shefner Ch 2 Psychophysics
09/15 Tues Levine & Shefner Ch 2 Signal Detection Theory
09/17 Thurs Levine & Shefner Ch 3 Neurophysiology
09/22 Tues Levine & Shefner Ch 4 Vision & Optics
09/24 Thurs Levine & Shefner Ch 5 Retina
09/29 Tues Levine & Shefner Ch 6 Ganglion Cells
10/01 Thurs Levine & Shefner Ch 7 Light & Dark Adaptation
10/06 Tues Review/Catch-up
10/08 Thurs Exam 1
10/13 Tues Levine & Shefner Chs 8&9 Visual Pathway & Visual Cortex
10/15 Thurs Levine & Shefner Ch 10 Spatial Frequency Representation
10/20 Tues Levine & Shefner Ch 10 Spatial Frequency Representation
10/22 Thurs Levine & Shefner Ch 11 Form Perception
10/27 Tues Levine & Shefner Ch 12 Depth Perception
10/29 Thurs Levine & Shefner Ch 12 Depth Perception
11/03 Tues Holiday
11/05 Thurs Levine & Shefner Ch 15 Color Vision
11/10 Tues Review/Catch-up
11/12 Thurs Exam 2
11/17 Tues Levine & Shefner Ch 15 Color Vision
11/19 Thurs Levine & Shefner Ch 13 Perceptual Constany
11/24 Tues Levine & Shefner Ch 14 Perception of Movement
11/26 Thurs Holiday
12/01 Tues Sekuler & Blake Ch 8 Action & Events
12/03 Thurs Goldstein Ch 16 Perceptual Development
12/08 Tues Review/Catch-up
12/10 Thurs Exam 3

last updated: 12/4/98