2012 Spring quarter students:  Attached is the syllabus for the previous time I taught Psych 333.  I’ll follow a very similar plan for Spring 2012.  I’ll create a class listserve to update you about details for the course, and especially about lower-cost options for the required textbook.  I’m working with the publisher to offer lower-cost options for both print and electronic versions of the text.  After you register, you should automatically be added to the listserve but if you want more information before buying the text, please email me directly at sbuck@uw.edu.

I hope to see you in class Spring Quarter.

Best,

Steve

 

Psych 333 – Sensory and perceptual processes  (5 credits)

Spring Quarter 2010

3/26/10 version

 

Course description:  An overview of each of the major senses with emphasis on the structure and function of sensory systems and the relation of the underlying biology to perceptual processes and behavior. Prerequisite: 2.0 in Psych 202; 2.0 in Psych 209.

 

Lecture meets on Mon, Tues, Wed, & Thurs 10:30 – 11:20 am, Bagley Hall 154

 

Sections meet on Friday:  all in MGH

AA 10:30 – 11:20, MGH 287;                  AC 12:30 – 1:20, MGH 242;

AB 11:30 – 12:20, MGH 228;                  AD 1:30 – 2:20, MGH 248

 

Instructor:       Professor Steve Buck

            Guthrie 227,  (206) 543-6789,  sbuck@uw.edu

 

Teaching Assistants:

  Sections AA and AB:  Alec Scharff, Graduate Student, Psychology, scharff@u.washington.edu

  Sections AC and AD:  Libby Huber, Graduate Student, Psychology, ehuber@u.washington.edu

 

Course website:   https://catalysttools.washington.edu/workspace/psy333sb/11447/

All updates, announcements, assignment instructions, etc. will be posted on the course website.  There you will find syllabus updates, changes in readings, and other materials that may include additional readings, lecture notes, lecture slides, and important unit issues/concepts.  Plan to check it often. 

 

Course email distribution listpsych333a_sp10@u.washington.edu

This goes to the entire class. For private communication with Instructor or TAs, use email addresses or phone above.

 

Required textbook:  Goldstein, E. Bruce (2010). Sensation and Perception (8th ed.) with Virtual Lab CD.  Belmont, CA: Wadsworth (Cengage Learning). 

- Available at University Bookstore, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, etc. 

- Email instructor if your used text copy does not include the Virtual Lab CD.

- One copy of the text and CD are available on 4-hour OUGL reserve. 

Additional readings may be assigned during the quarter.

 

Course requirements: (additional details on these items will be announced)

Exams:  There will be three mid-term exams (April 11, May 2, and May 23) and a final exam (June 6, 8:30 – 10:30 am, BAG 154).  Each of the four exams will be worth 50 points.  Only the best three of your four exam scores will count toward your course grade.  Thus, your lowest exam score will be dropped. 

            Two-page papers:  Each student will submit three two-page (double-spaced) papers on topics to be announced throughout the quarter.  Papers must be submitted to the course website drop box (CollectIt) by the deadline in .doc, .docx, .rtf, or text format with your last name and paper number (e.g., Jones1.doc) in the file name.  Each one-page paper will be worth 15 points for a total of 45 points for the quarter.  Drafts or revisions will not be accepted.  Late papers may not be accepted, unless another deadline has been arranged in advance.

 

            Quiz-section projects:  There will be four quiz-section-based projects, each worth 5 points.  Only the best three of your four project scores will count toward your course grade.  Thus, your lowest project score will be dropped.  Projects will occur on the dates indicated on the course schedule.  Note that project participation (and points) depends on arriving in your section prior to the beginning of the class period.  Further details will be announced. 

 

Grading:  Final course grade will be based on total points earned over the quarter out of 210 possible. 

            Best 3 of 4 exams:  50 points each, 150 points total

            3 two-page papers:  15 points each, 45 points total

            Best 3 of 4 quiz-section projects:  5 points each, 15 points total

There are no sources of additional points or extra credit beyond those listed above.  We’ll report your scores for exams and papers on the course website GradeBook.  Earning the following percentages of total possible points will guarantee the indicated grade.  Actual grading may be more lenient; it will not be stricter than indicated here.

95% of total possible points guarantees a 4.0, 87.5% guarantees a 3.5, 80% guarantees a 3.0, 72.5% guarantees a 2.5, 65% guarantees a 2.0, 50% guarantees a 0.7.

 

Academic integrity:  It is expected that all students will abide by University policies concerning academic honesty and integrity.  This means, in part, that all work submitted will be in your own words, or properly attributed to its source, and that you will not use forbidden materials or copy from other students during exams.  For more information, including possible penalties for academic misconduct, see “UW statement of academic responsibility”, http://depts.washington.edu/psywc/handouts/pdf/acadresp.pdf

Consult your Instructor or TA if you have any questions about acceptable practices. 

Scheduled and unscheduled absences:  I will be as flexible as possible about unavoidable absences, whether scheduled (e.g., athletics) or unscheduled (e.g., illness).  If you are sick, stay home and contact Steve Buck via phone or email.  If you are an athlete, or know you will have to miss some classes for other reasons, please notify Steve Buck in advance.

 

Accommodations:  If you have a documented disability, or other special circumstances, and think you may require accommodations in this course, please speak with Steve Buck privately. 

 

E-mail Policy:  Students are encouraged to ask questions in class, but may also use e-mail to ask questions about course content and clarify points that they did not understand. E-mails will usually be answered within 24 hours.  Although we’ll do our best, there is no guarantee that they will be answered after 6 PM on weekdays or at any time on weekends or holidays.  The instructor may opt to forward questions of general interest to the class list, along with an answer. In this case, any and all information identifying the original sender of the question will be removed.

 

Technology Policy: Tape recorders or similar devices may be used to record lectures given by Steve Buck.  You must obtain prior permission to record any guest lectures.  You may use laptop computers in class for course-related functions.  Please do not use cell phones or other devices in class for either text or voice communications. 

 

 

 

Learning Goals for Psych 333:

1.     Students will understand that perceptions are inferences about the outside world created by the brain and are not just veridical representations.  Students will also understand that the brain makes these best guesses based on a selective sampling by sensory receptors of the state of the physical world.  This inferential process is guided both by experience and by genetics and evolution. 

2.     Students will understand the basic structure and function of the gustatory system, olfactory system, somatosensory system, visual system, and auditory system.

3.     Students will understand how receptors in each of these sensory systems transduce specific types of energy from the outside world into neural signals.  Students will also understand how these signals are coded and transformed through the various stages of the sensory neural pathways.

4.     Students will develop an appreciation of properties common to all sensory systems, and properties shared by sensory systems and other brain systems.

5.     Students will develop an understanding of the relation between biological systems, neural processing mechanisms, and perception. This will include understanding the how biological factors influence aspects of human perception that are shared, or may differ, across cultural, ethnic, gender, geographic, or other boundaries.

6.     Students will reinforce and extend their basic working knowledge about the structure and function of the nervous system acquired in Psych 202.

7.     Students will develop a basic working knowledge of classical psychophysics.

8.     Students will develop an understanding of the study of sensory systems and processes within the historical context of the field, and potential future directions of the field.

9.     Students will reflect on the information they learn about sensory processing and perception and apply it to their own lives and the world around them.

 

 

 

Tentative schedule:

(chapters are from the Goldstein textbook)

Wk

Date

Day

Reading

Topic/event

1

28-Mar

Mon

Ch1

Course intro, sensation and perception basics

 

29-Mar

Tue

 

Sensation and perception basics

 

30-Mar

Wed

Appendix

Psychophysics

 

31-Mar

Thu

Ch2

Physiology of perception

 

1-Apr

Fri

 

Neurobiology review

 

 

 

 

 

2

4-Apr

Mon

Ch3

Vision

 

5-Apr

Tue

 

 

 

6-Apr

Wed

Ch4

Visual cortical processing

 

7-Apr

Thu

 

 

 

8-Apr

Fri

 

EXAM REVIEW

 

 

 

 

 

3

11-Apr

Mon

 

EXAM 1

 

12-Apr

Tue

Ch5

Perceiving objects and scenes

 

13-Apr

Wed

 

 

 

14-Apr

Thu

Ch9

Color perception

 

15-Apr

Fri

 

Quiz section project 1

 

 

 

 

 

4

18-Apr

Mon

 

 

 

19-Apr

Tue

 

 

 

20-Apr

Wed

 

 

 

21-Apr

Thu

Ch10

Depth and size perception    //Paper 1 due//

 

22-Apr

Fri

 

Quiz section project 2

 

 

 

 

 

5

25-Apr

Mon

 

 

 

26-Apr

Tue

Ch8

Motion

 

27-Apr

Wed

 

 

 

28-Apr

Thu

 

Vision catch-up day

 

29-Apr

Fri

 

EXAM REVIEW

 

 

 

 

 

6

2-May

Mon

 

EXAM 2

 

3-May

Tue

Ch11

Audition basics, pitch perception

 

4-May

Wed

 

 

 

5-May

Thu

Ch12

Sound localization, auditory scene

 

6-May

Fri

 

regular quiz sections

 

 

 

 

 

7

9-May

Mon

 

 

 

10-May

Tue

 

 

 

11-May

Wed

Ch13

Speech perception

 

12-May

Thu

 

//Paper 2 due//

 

13-May

Fri

 

Quiz section project 3

 

 

 

 

 

8

16-May

Mon

 

 

 

17-May

Tue

Ch14

Cutaneous senses

 

18-May

Wed

 

 

 

19-May

Thu

 

Audition/cutaneous catch up

 

20-May

Fri

 

EXAM REVIEW 

 

 

 

 

 

9

23-May

Mon

 

EXAM 3

 

24-May

Tue

Ch15

Taste and smell

 

25-May

Wed

 

 

 

26-May

Thu

 

 

 

27-May

Fri

 

Quiz section project 4

 

 

 

 

 

10

30-May

Mon

 

Memorial Day Holiday

 

31-May

Tue

 

 

 

1-Jun

Wed

 

 

 

2-Jun

Thu

 

//Paper 3 due//

 

3-Jun

Fri

 

Final review 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6-Jun

Mon

 

EXAM 4/FINAL (8:30 – 10:30 am, BAG 154)