Neuroscience of Vision

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L. Houck

Course Long Title

Neuroscience of Vision

Cross Listed Courses


We encounter hundreds of thousands of visual stimuli every day. How is this information organized meaningfully in the brain? By what biological and perceptual mechanisms does our brain translate simple light signals into the complex visual scenes of our daily lives? This course will explore the neuroscience and methodologies of vision science, covering topics such as visual attention, color perception, object recognition, spatial perception, visual memory, and many others. The course will be structured with a mix of lecture and discussion of relevant research articles. Students will develop the skills to recognize the current questions, issues, and methods in vision research, read and critique peer-reviewed scientific articles, and think critically about the applications of vision science in daily life. Prerequisite(s): NRSC 160/PSYC 160 or PSYC 215.

Modes of Inquiry

Scientific Reasoning [SR]

Writing Credit

No writing credit

Departmental Course Attributes - Major/Minor Requirements

(Psychology: Biological)

INDS Program Relationship

IDNS - NRSC Program

Class Restriction

Exclude First Years