PSYC 2220.  Sensation and perception I

Department of Psychology
York University

Fall term 2013
Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00-2:30


General description:  How do we use light and sound to perceive our immediate environment? We will approach this topic both from a biological point of view, discussing the sensory systems and brain areas that underlie our perceptual abilities, and also from a computational point of view, investigating how we use the information that reaches our eyes and ears. Topics include: visual perception of shape, colour, depth, and motion; visual object recognition; auditory perception of pitch, loudness, and location; music and speech.


• October 17.  Here are some suggestions on how to study.

• October 22.  If you have a good GPA, consider applying for an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award. The application deadline is around February 1, but contact a professor well ahead of time in order to plan a research project proposal.

• October 22.  The Undergraduate Psychology Students' Association is a good way to get involved with psychology-related groups at York.

Lecture slides

• Lecture 1.  Light and the eye    slides
• Lecture 2.  Spatial vision   slides
• Lecture 3.  Colour   slides     colour channels
• Lecture 4.  Motion   biological motion    aperture problem    second order motion
• Lecture 5.  Attention   slides
• Lecture 6.  Depth   slides    wheatstone's stereograms
• Lecture 7.  Signal detection theory  
• Lecture 8.  Psychophysical laws  
• Lecture 9.  Mid-level vision   slides
• Lecture 10.  Research articles   Goldsmith (2006)    Adelson (1993)
• Lecture 11.  Sound and the ear   slides
• Lecture 12.  Hearing