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Master 2015/2016

Visual Perception and Attention

Area of studies: Psychology
Delivered at: School of Psychology
When: 1 year, 3, 4 module
Instructors: Tadamasa Sawada (delivers lectures, conducts seminars and checks works), Igor S. Utochkin (delivers lectures, conducts seminars, checks works and administers exams)
Master’s programme: Cognitive Sciences and Technologies: From Neuron to Cognition
Language: English
ECTS credits: 5
Visual perception is an inference of a scene out there based on a sensory input from eyes. Visual attention is a process concentrating a computational force of the brain on a specific aspect of the perceived scene or of the sensory input. The processes of perception and attention interact with one another and the interaction is even indispensable for them. This course will review studies of them and of interactions between them. Theories behind perception and attention will be particularly emphasized. The first half of the course mostly covers perception: how the scene is represented in the brain, how the representation is computed in the brain, and how the perceptual process affects and is affected by attention. The second half of the course more emphasizes attention itself: types of attention, how attention affects cognitive performance, and its limitation. The first half of the course mostly covers perception: how the scene is perceived, how it is represented in the brain, and how the perceptual process affects and is affected by attention. The second half of the course more emphasizes attention itself: types of attention, how attention affects cognitive performance, how it makes us see what we see, how it is linked to memory and consciousness, and why it is limited.