SOW-DGCN44
Perception
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-DGCN44
Credits (ECTS)6
Category-
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Cognitive Neuroscience;
Lecturer(s)
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Lecturer
dr. H.H.L.M. Goossens
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Lecturer
dr. K.V. Haak
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Examiner
dr. A.R. Koning
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Contactperson for the course
dr. A.R. Koning
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Lecturer
dr. A.R. Koning
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Academic year2021
Period
SEM1-SEM2  (06/09/2021 to 15/07/2022)
Starting block
SEM1
Course mode
full-time
Remark
Please note: if you do not yet have a master's registration, you are not yet registered for the tests for this course.
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Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims

The course aims at providing a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, overview of visual information processing. This includes the neuroanatomical structure of the visual system, in depth coverage of neural coding at different levels, psychophysical characterization of processes, and cognitive aspects of visual pattern representations. After this course, you will be able to (1) describe and compare contemporary theories of visual information processing, (2) analyze and evaluate key findings in the domain of visual information processing, and (3) apply contemporary theories of visual information processing to existing as well as new visual phenomena.

Content

Neurobiological aspects. Topics covered will be the neurophysiological and neuroanatomical properties of the retino-cortical pathway. In addition, processing in the ventral/dorsal streams as well as neural correlates of top-down processes, the neural basis of movement detection and colour vision.

Functional aspects. Psychophysical and empirical paradigms that are employed to investigate mental representations of visual patterns will be covered, as well as integrative theoretical paradigms, starting from structural descriptions of these mental representations.

Theoretical/quantitative aspects. Recent models of self-organization in the visual pathway will be dealt with, starting with the development of neuronal connectivity in the retina, up to models for the emergence of feature-selectivity in the visual cortex.



Level

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information

Specifics

Required materials
Course material
Lecture notes.
Literature
Handbook chapters and recent papers in top-quality journals such as Journal of Neurophysiology, Neuron, Journal of Neuroscience, Nature, Nature Neuroscience, Vision Research, Perception, Journal of Experimental Psychology, and Psychological Bulletin. All required literature will be made known at the latest 1 week before the start of the course.

Recommended materials
Articles
Engel, A.K., & Singer, W. (2001).Temporal binding and the neural correlates of sensory awareness. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 5, 16-25.
Articles
Kandel, E.R., Schwartz, J.H., & Jessell, T.M. (2000). Principles of Neural Science (Chapters 6-20). McGraw-Hill.
Articles
Kourtzi, Z. & Connor, C.E. (2011). Neural representations for object perception: Structure, category, and adaptive coding. Annual Reviews Neuroscience, 34,45-67.

Instructional modes
Lecture
Attendance MandatoryYes

Student assignments
Attendance MandatoryYes

Tests
Closed book exam
Test weight70
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock SEM2, Block SEM2

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Presentation
Test weight30
Test typePresentation
OpportunitiesBlock SEM2, Block SEM2

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