Perception is the oldest topic in experimental psychology. Research on perception addresses a fundamental scientific and philosophical question: what is the nature of our experience of the world? Topics include the traditional `five senses' (vision, audition, touch, taste and smell) as well as other, more subtle sensory systems: perception of depth, motion, speech, and music; and perceptual illusions. Perception research reveals that what we call `reality' is constructed by the brain at an unconscious level. This subject also aims to develop a critical thinking perspective on issues and findings in psychological research.
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1. Demonstrate understanding of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in sensation and perception.
2. Understand, apply and evaluate basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis and interpretation.
3. Respect & use critical & creative thinking, sceptical enquiry, and the scientific approach to solve problems related to behaviour and mental processes.
4. Use information in an ethical manner.
5. Write a theoretical essay/review article using APA structure and formatting conventions.
6. Demonstrate a capacity for independent learning.
Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.
All Psychology programs are accredited in the sequence presented and designed to provide students with learning and graduate outcomes in line with APAC accreditation standards. In order to meet these outcomes, students in the Undergraduate program should complete PSYC11, then PSYC12, and finally PSYC13 subjects in the order sequenced.
This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.