PSYCH 260. Sensation and Perception. 3 hr.; 3 cr.

Prereq.: PSYCH 101.

How the sensory systems code and perceive environmental stimuli. Topics include the visual system, the auditory/vestibular systems, speech perception, the cutaneous senses, and the chemical senses. Similarities and differences across the systems are highlighted and discussed, especially in terms of how stimuli for each sense are transduced into neuronal signals and how areas in the brain are specifically organized to receive and process these signals. Discussion of this conversion of sensory information to sensory perception is complemented throughout the course by examination of research using multiple techniques such as psychophysics, physiological recording, and brain imaging.