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Visual Sensation and Perception (VS11221)

This course covers the basic visual neurophysiology and describes the visual pathway from the retina to the cortex. Light sensitivity and dark and light dark adaptation mechanisms are discussed. Spatial vision and limiting factors of visual acuity and contrast sensitivity are covered. Temporal sensitivity and time-related phenomena are explained. The maximum sensitivity of the human visual system is discussed and psychophysical methodology used for vision testing is covered. Signal detection theory and differences between sensitivity and specificity are explained. Motion, size, depth, and scene perception, visual illusions and entoptic phenomena are discussed. Extrastriate brain activity related to visual information processing is covered. Finally, the aging of the visual system (media, retina) and visual function are discussed.

  • Lecture Hours: 51
  • Lab Hours: 6
  • Patient Care Hours: 0
  • Seminar / Online Hours: 0
  • Grade Type: Letter