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Module code:PALS0007 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Perception, Attention and Learning
Credit value:15
Division:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Module organiser (provisional):John Swettenham & Jyrki Tuomainen
Organiser's location:208 & 322 Chandler House
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Available for students in Year(s):1
Module prerequisites:None 
Module outline:This course is an introduction to topics in visual and auditory perception and attention, speech perception and learning. It is intended to provide a background in knowledge of these areas through a series of lectures, and practical sessions. We provide a brief historical background as well as a modern perspective, discussing early cognitive theories, recent theoretical accounts and how neuroimaging has advanced our knowledge of the brain mechanisms involved in perception, attention, and learning. The course also covers some disorders of perception and attention, and highlights the links with language through lectures on speech perception and attention. There are ten one hour lectures, three supporting Lab sessions involving the design of your own perceptual/attentional task, presentation of findings, discussion of results and practical demonstrations.  
Module aims:• To provide a general grounding in perception, attention and learning, including a brief historical perspective. • To demonstrate some classic findings in these fields through practical lab classes • To show how research in neuroimaging has increased our understanding of the processes of perception and attention • To demonstrate the interaction of attention, perception, and learning in human cognitive processing • To show how impairments in perception and attention can lead to specific disorders  
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Key skills provided by module:By the end of the course unit, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: • Key theoretical accounts of attention • Key theoretical accounts of different types of learning mechanisms, including perceptual learning, implicit and explicit learning • Key theoretical accounts of theories of visual, auditory and speech perception • Key theoretical accounts of how attention, perception and learning interact • Key theoretical accounts of brain mechanisms involved in perception and attention, and disorders of attention and perception  
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Module assessment:

UG FHEQ Level 4

  • Standard assessment pattern:
    • One essay (3,000 words) 100.00%
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