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Neuroimaging of Vision - PSY00028M

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  • Department: Psychology
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Tim Andrews
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2020-21

Module aims

Vision begins with light waves exciting the photoreceptors in the retina. From this the visual brain creates an idea of what lies outside. But that basic perception is not the brain's finished product. The final construct is a perception that is invested with meaning. The meanings we attach to our perceptions are usually useful - they transform mere patterns of light into objects we can use, people we can love, places we can go. But sometimes they are misleading: the pool of water in the desert turns out to be a mirage; the axeman in the dark corner a mere shadow. This module will show how modern neuroimaging techniques are beginning to contribute to our understanding of how the visual brain allows us to see the world.

Students enrolling on this module should demonstrate a good understanding of core knowledge in cognitive psychology, as well as intermediate skills in quantitative statistical analyses.

Module learning outcomes

  • Critically evaluate how different neuroimaging techniques can be used to understand the organization of the visual brain.
  • Compare and contrast different approaches to understanding functional selectivity in visual cortex.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of how different aspects of the visual scene are processed in the visual system
  • Critically evaluate how regions of the visual brain are involved in attention
  • Compare and contrast how different regions of the visual brain contribute to consciousness

Module content

  1. Maps of the visual world
  2. Functional specialization in the visual brain
  3. From maps to modules - how to we we recognize complex objects?
  4. How are faces represented in visual cortex?
  5. Neural mechanisms of attention and selective perception
  6. Visual cortex and awareness
  7. Neural correlates of visual consciousness

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
3000 word essay
N/A 40
Online Exam
Neuroimaging of Vision
N/A 60

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
3000 word essay
N/A 40
Online Exam
Neuroimaging of Vision
N/A 60

Module feedback

The marks on all assessed work will be provided on e-vision.

These marks will be accompanied by module feedback forms which will be circulated by e-mail.

Students will meet supervisors in wk 6 in AuT, SpT and wk 9 in SuT to discuss their marks.

Indicative reading

Sample Reading:

Cognitive Neuroscience by Michael S. Gazzaniga, Richard B. Ivry and George R. Mangun.



The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.