PSY 529:  Perception


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Basis of Miracle Fruit's Effect:

The article that explains the effect of miracle fruit is at doi:10.1073/pnas.1016644108

Mapping the World Based on the Senses:

Adam sent this link (you may have to close the pop-up that appears to get to the content) to a This American Life episode that applies the classical senses to mapping the world.

Exam 2 Grades:

Exam 2 grades are available from Isidore / Sakai.  I was pretty happy with your performance on the exam!

Exam 1 Grades:

Exam 1 grades are available from Isidore / Sakai (click on the Check Grades link in the list on the left.)  Good job to all!!

Presenation Topics:

Student Topic Date of Presentation
Adam Barnas Amusia Mon, 4/16
Alisa Bartel Ocular Trauma Wed, 4/25
Haylee Deluca Achromatopsia Mon, 4/23
Cassondra Faiella Unilateral Neglect Syndrome Mon, 4/16
Mary Grilliot Role of RAS in Perception Mon, 4/16
Elissa Lauber Earworms Mon, 4/23
Bridget Lynch Akinetopsia Mon, 4/23
Suzanne Thomas Synesthesia Wed, 4/25

Exam 1:

Exam 1 is Monday, February 20.  It consists of 25 multiple choice questions (2 points each) and 15 short answer questions (3 points each). It covers the articles that we have discussed in class, chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 of the textbook, and the class lectures.  The multiple choice questions primarily come for the lectures and textbook.  The short answer questions ask you to write two or three sentences that discuss issues associated with a term or phrase.  The first nine short answer questions cover the articles that we discussed.  The last six short answer questions come from the textbook and/or lecture.

Second Reading:

I won't always remind you of the next day's reading as you should check the syllabus on a regular basis to see what is assigned.  For Wednesday, 1/25, you should read chapter 3 of Blake and Sekuler and the article by Henderson and Hollingworth (2003), doi:10.1111/1467-9280.02459

First Reading:

The syllabus (available from the list of links on the left) has the list of readings for the class.  Most days of class, there will be a chapter from the text and/or an article that you should read in preparation for class.  For Monday, 23 January, you should read chapter 2 of Blake and Sekuler (2006) which is our textbook, and the article by Engbert and Kliegl (2004). The chapters and articles should be read before the assigned class period.


The last two pages of the syllabus lists the references to the readings for the class.  Each of the references includes a digital object identifier or DOI.  You can copy the DOI into a DOI resolver (see the link in the list on the left) and the resolver will take you to the article.  The process works best if you are on campus with a University of Dayton IP address when you do so. 


Welcome to Perception -- one of the oldest domains of psychology and one of the most interesting.  Much of our cognition involves some form of sensation and perception.  Applications of perception plays an important role in human factors and have numerous clinical implications.  I hope that you enjoy the class and learn much.