Sensation & Perception

(NEU 325 / PSY 345)
Spring 2023
Princeton University
instructor: Jonathan Pillow (pillow @ princeton)
AIs: Jesse Kaminsky (jk8386 @ princeton), Bichan Wu (bichanw @ princeton)
time: Tues/Thurs 10-10:50 am
syllabus: syllabus.pdf
textbook: Sensation & Perception, 6th ed.
companion website: resources
Precept readings: readings
Discussion: Ed
brief description: This course will provide an introduction to the scientific study of sensation and perception. We will undertake a detailed study of the major senses (vision, audition, touch, smell, taste), using insights and methods from a variety of disciplines (philosophy, physics, computer science, neuroscience, psychology). We will begin with a study of the physical basis for perceptual information (e.g., light, sound waves), and proceed to the biological, psychological,and computational processes by which such information is converted to percepts in the brain.
course schedule
DateTopic Reading Slides
Tues 1.31 Introduction lec01.pdf
Thur 2.02 Argument from Illusion, Weber's law Chap. 1 lec02.pdf
Tues 2.07 Signal Detection Theory Chap. 1 lec03.pdf
Thur 2.09 Light, Optics & Early vision
Chap. 2 lec04.pdf
Tues 2.14 Retina Chap. 2 lec05.pdf
Thur 2.16 Visual pathway and spatial frequency channels
Chap. 3 lec06.pdf
Tues 2.21 Primary visual cortex Chap. 3 lec07.pdf
Thur 2.23 Object Vision Chap. 4 lec08.pdf
Tues 2.28 Object Vision II Chap. 4 lec09.pdf
Thur 3.02 Color Vision Chap. 5 lec10.pdf
Tues 3.07 Color Constancy and beyond Chap. 5 lec11.pdf
Thur 3.09 Exam #1
Tues 3.14 spring break
Thur 3.16 spring break
Tues 3.21 Space & Depth Perception I Chap. 6 lec12.pdf
Thur 3.23 Space & Depth II Chap 6 lec13.pdf
Tues 3.28 Motion Perception Chap. 8 lec14.pdf
Thur 3.30 Sound and Audition Chap. 9 lec15.pdf
Tues 4.04 Sound and Audition II Chap. 9 lec16.pdf
Thur 4.06 Hearing in the Environment Chap. 10 lec17.pdf
Hearing in the Environment II
Chap. 10 lec17B.pdf
Tues 4.11 review session (optional)
Thur 4.13 Exam #2
Tues 4.18 Bayesian Theory of Perception lec18.pdf
Thur 4.20 Somatosensation Chap. 13 lec19.pdf
Tues 4.25 Olfaction Chap. 14 lec20.pdf
Thur 4.27 Taste Chap. 15 lec21.pdf
Mon 5.15 (9am)
Final Exam

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