Learn how our sensory systems work together to help us to perceive and respond to the world around us.
Explore the role of touch, sight, hearing, taste and smell in our behaviour
How do our sensory systems work together to help us understand the world and somebody else’s behaviour?
On this course, you’ll find out - investigating perception and how our senses help our mind create the world we live in. You’ll also explore the differences between perception and sensation and how they work together with attention to determine what we perceive in the environment. Before you finish, you’ll investigate why psychologists study sensation to better understand perception, which is a key component of our behaviour and mental processes.
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What topics will you cover?
- Sensation versus perception
- Waves and wavelengths
- Vision, hearing and other senses
- Illusions and psychology
- Principles of perception
When would you like to start?
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- Available now
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:
- Explain the structure and function of the sensory systems of vision, audition, touch, taste, and smell.
- Assess the extent to which the processes of transduction and coding are common to all senses or specific to each different sense.
- Compare the advantages and disadvantages of the main types of psychophysical methods.
- Interpret some of the ways perceptual elements, including edges and contours, are perceptually grouped (Gestalt principles).
- Evaluate the mechanisms of perceptual constancies.
Who is the course for?
This introductory course is for anyone interested in psychology - you don’t need any past experience.
It might be of particular use to learners who have already completed a Bachelor degree in other disciplines who are interested in expanding their science and research skills.
Who will you learn with?
Associate Professor Matthew Mundy
I am Associate Professor and Director of Education for the School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University, Australia. My research is in the cognitive neuroscience of memory and perception.
Who developed the course?
Monash University is one of Australia’s leading universities, ranked in the world’s top 1% by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It was established in Melbourne in 1958.
The Monash University is offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:
- Unlimited access to this course
- Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
- Tests to validate your learning
- A PDF certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible
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