COGS 328
Cognitive Approaches to Visual Perception Spring 2023
Division II
Cross-listed COGS 328 / PSYC 328
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When you open your eyes, you immediately perceive your environment in great detail. Seeing is so quick and effortless that people mistakenly think that vision works like a camera. However, the reason it feels effortless is due to the tremendous amount of complex processes and computations that take place in your brain whenever you open your eyes. In this course, we will explore such processes from a computational perspective and examine the concept of “visual illusion”. We will focus on research methodologies used in vision science and look into how we can use such methodologies to explain visual illusions. We will learn about how our visual system processes certain visual features in our environment, such as motion, color, depth and shape. Learning about these processes will make us appreciate how everything we see around us can be a visual illusion.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3893
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Class participation, weekly take-home quizzes, weekly short commentaries on readings, class presentation, individual 10-page final paper
Prerequisites: PSYC 221, COGS/PHIL/PSYC 222, or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Cognitive Science concentrators
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COGS 328 Division II PSYC 328 Division III
Attributes: COGS Interdepartmental Electives
PSYC Area 2 - Cognitive Psychology

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