The course will consider how what people see is generated by the visual system, and what visual perception indicates about how the brain works. The evidence will be drawn from neuroscience, psychology, science history and philosophy. Although the discussions will be informed by visual system anatomy and physiology, the focus is on perception.
About the course
The purpose of the course is to consider how what people see is generated by the visual system. The objectives of the course are:
- To introduce you to some fascinating perceptual phenomenology
- To make you think about how this phenomenology can be explained
- To make you consider what possible explanations imply about brain function
Module #1: The Phenomenology of What We See
Module #2: Organization of the Visual System
Module #3: Conceptions of How Vision Works
Module #4: Seeing Lightness and Brightness
Module #5: Seeing Color
Module #6: Seeing Geometry
Module #7: Seeing Distance and Depth
Module #8: Seeing Motion
Some background in neuroscience is desirable, but not necessary. They will consider basic visual system anatomy and physiology as needed.
September 8, 2014 - November 10, 2014
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