Course ObjectiveThe student is able to:
- describe the basic functioning of the sensory systems relevant to
- interpret experimental results in the area of perception (including
- distinguish in scientific literature between the experimental results
and the authors’ interpretation;
- apply this knowledge to the study of motor control.
Course ContentThe topic of this course is the question: how is sensory information
processed to guide one's action? For instance: how do we know where a
target and (a part of) our body is? The answers to such questions
require knowledge about the sensory organs, their signals, and how these
signals are processed and combined in order to be used to control our
actions. The focus will be on interpreting experimental results on human
behaviour in terms of information processing. We will approach
perception quantitatively, using the psychophysical method, and focus on
the steps needed to translate experimental results into a description of
human information processing. Each topic (e.g. proprioception, motion
perception) is introduced by a lecture discussing some phenomenology and
the underlying mechanisms. Subsequently, the students read several
papers on that topic and answer the questions of an assignment. These
papers and questions are discussed in the next lecture.
Teaching MethodsAmount of contact hours:
Assignments & self-study 68
Each meeting will be a combination of tutorial consisting of a
discussion of the previous assignment (1 hour), and a lecture
introducing the topic of the next assignment (1 hour). In the practical,
the students will compare two psychophysical techniques and discuss
their effectiveness in answering the question what perceptual
information is available.
Method of AssessmentAfter each lecture, students receive an assignment. Six of them have to
be handed in before the next meeting. These assignments are graded and
count for 10 % of the final grade. The assignment after the final
lecture will contribute 35 %: the remaining 5% on completion of the
Entry RequirementsNo entry requirements.
LiteratureLiterature needed for the course will be announced during the course.
Target AudienceThe course is developed for students of the Research Master Human
Movement Sciences but is open to all students.
Additional InformationDit is een engelstalige cursus, beschrijving alleen in het Engels
Recommended background knowledgeBasic knowledge of the nervous system is expected (e. g. function of
various brain areas).
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Fac. of Behavioural and Movement Science|
|Course Coordinator||prof. dr. J.B.J. Smeets|
|Examiner||prof. dr. J.B.J. Smeets|
prof. dr. J.B.J. Smeets
You need to register for this course yourself
|Teaching Methods||Lecture, Computer lab*|
*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.
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