Vision II

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Session Overview

A digitally altered photograph in which a man has an eye on his hand.

How do we identify things in our environment? How are we able to perceive objects like faces? During this lecture, we will explore how we are able to recognize objects and how the visual system interacts with our brain to make sense of what we see.

Keywords: agnosia, prognosia, perception, amygdale, facial recognition

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Discussion: Vision

We'll talk about sensation – how light, the physical stimulus in the world, is transduced by your eye and becomes neural signals… Read more »

Further Study

Writing Assignment 1: Are studies of cognitive and emotional developments in adolescents useful for setting public policy guidelines?

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Podcast "Strangers in the Mirror" on Radiolab. Hosted by Robert Krulwich, with guests Oliver Sacks and Chuck Close. Uploaded Tuesday, June 15, 2010. An interview Oliver Sacks, a neuroscientist, and Chuck Close, an artist, both of whom have face blindness.
Website TarrLab A Carnegie Mellon University lab headed by Mike Tarr that focuses on visual perception and how humans process, recognize, and remember objects and faces.
Textbook supplement Study materials for Chapter 3, "Psychology Sensation and Perception: How the World Enters the Mind," in Study Site for Psychology in Context, 3/e (Pearson Education, 2007) Practice test questions, flashcards, and media for a related textbook by Kosslyn & Rosenberg


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