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psy160 - Psychophysics (Complete module description)
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Module label Psychophysics
Modulkürzel psy160
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Institute directory Department of Psychology
Verwendbarkeit des Moduls
  • Master's Programme Neurocognitive Psychology (Master) > Frühere Module
Zuständige Personen
Herrmann, Christoph Siegfried (Module responsibility)
Enrolment in Master's programme Neurocognitive Psychology.
Skills to be acquired in this module
Goals of module:
The aim of this module is to provide students with general knowledge on visual perception and psychophysics (part 1). In part 2, an experimental background on how the human brain processes information from the outside world will be provided. To this end, students will not only learn to extract knowledge from scientific articles but also to plan and conduct an experiment on visual perception and to analyse the data.
Scientific literacy, critical and integrative thinking, practice in experimentation, techniques for the presentation of scientific results, analysis of experimental data using MATLAB, communicative competencies.
Module contents
Part 1: Introduction to visual perception and illusions
• Anatomy and physiology of the human visual system
• Theories of vision
• Psychophysics
• Visual illusions
Part 2: Investigating visual illusions
• Defining research questions on a specific illusion
• Planning and conducting an experiment
• Analyzing experimental data
• Seckel (2008), Optical Illusions: The Science of Visual Perception, Firefly Books
• Gregory, R.L. (2009) Seeing through illusions. Oxford, University Press.
• Palmer (1999), Vision Science, MIT Press
• Stevens, S.S. (2008) Psychophysics: Introduction to its perceptual, neural, and social prospects, Transaction Publishers
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency jährlich
Module capacity unlimited
Reference text
The module will be offered every summer term and lasts one semester.
Modullevel / module level MM (Mastermodul)
Modulart / typ of module Wahlpflicht
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Form of instruction Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Lecture 2 28
Seminar 2 28
Präsenzzeit Modul insgesamt 56 h
Examination Prüfungszeiten Type of examination
Final exam of module
• The participants will have to plan and conduct an experiment on visual perception and to analyse the data.
• A bonus system will be employed.