Perception, Action & Development
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-PSB2SP15E
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Psychology;
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prof. dr. S. Hunnius
Other course modules lecturer
dr. A.R. Koning
Other course modules lecturer
Contactperson for the course
dr. A.R. Koning
Other course modules lecturer
dr. A.R. Koning
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. R.J. van Lier
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2018
PER2  (05/11/2018 to 03/02/2019)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Upon completion of this course you can:
  1. Describe and explain experimental findings in the domain of perception, action and development, based on biological, (neuro-)cognitive and neurodevelopmental theories (EK1, EK3, EK5).
  2. Analyze common and new (behavioural, cognitive, perceptual) phenomena by using contemporary theories within the domain of perception, action and development (EK1, EK3, EK5).
  3. Devise relevant research questions and formulate testable hypotheses within the domain of perception, action and development. (EK4).
  4. Write a popular scientific paper on a topic in which you link theoretical aspects of the course with societal aspects (EK6).
Every time you open your eyes, you become aware of the world around you. Seemingly without effort you perceive all kinds of objects: a desk, a cup, a book, a pen, and so on. Your interaction with these objects also seems to proceed effortlessly: you sit at the desk, take a sip from the cup, open the book and take the pen to write. However, all these aspects are far less obvious than they at first seem. Of course you must learn to walk, grasp, read and write, but perceiving the world around you is also something that develops over time. For example, newborn infants cannot see well at all; it can even take up to a year for a baby’s vision to become somewhat equivalent to that of an adult. 
This course deals with the main theories and discoveries concerning perception and action and their development. During interactive seminars we consider the application of the themes introduced during the lectures by discussing possible research questions and then performing interesting and clarifying experiments. Finally, the coupling of this course to Research Practical 2 will give you a better impression of the link between theory and practice.

  • Written exam with eight open answer questions.
  • Writing a popular scientific paper.             
Additional comments
Specialty Courses are admissible for Psychology students only. Further information: see Course enrolment in the General Information section.

• Psychology students who are admitted to the second year (B2)

Required materials
To be announced
Articles and book chapters that are available online and/or can be obtained from the course coordinator.

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Question-and-answer seminars

Attendance MandatoryYes

Open answer questions
Test weight80
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock PER2, Block PER3

Test weight20
Test typeEssay
OpportunitiesBlock PER2, Block PER3