Spring 2022 - PSYC 303 D100

Perception (3)

Class Number: 1567

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SWH 10061, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 24, 2022
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    AQ 3005, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 201 and 221 (or 335).



An introduction to the study of perceptual processes with an emphasis on seeing and hearing. Topics include the perception of features, objects, motion, depth, time, visual illusions, and individual differences in perceptual ability.


This course focuses on the basics of human perceptual processes, with the goal being to illustrate that "What you see, is not always what you get." We will briefly explore the sensory mechanisms underlying our generally accurate perception of the world, with attention to how we see and hear.

Areas examined include the perception of space, form, motion, sound, speech and music--with additional focus on the role played by attention, development, learning, and individual differences on our unified perceptual experience.

Psychophysics, Hearing, Music, Speech, Spatial Vision, Recognizing Objects, Colour, Depth Perception, Motion, Attention.


  • Mid-Term Exam (2x20): 40%
  • Participation: 10%
  • Final Exam: 20%
  • Presentation: 30%



Jeremy Wolfe, Keith Kluender, Dennis Levi, Linda Bartoshuk, Rachel Herz, Roberta Klatzky, and Daniel Merfeld (2020). Sensation and Perception (6th ed.). Oxford.

This also comes in an ebook version

ISBN: 9781605359724

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