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Archived Version 2019 - 2020

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The aim of this module is to provide an overview of key principles, methods of investigation and studies of research in the psychology of perception. Particular emphasis will be placed on an explanatory framework within an historical and theoretical context.

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically consider classical and contemporary approaches to studying normal and dysfunctional perception
2. Describe the main theories and research findings in the psychology of perception
3. Evaluate key theories and research findings covered in the module

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Based on indicative content and learning outcomes
Tutorial4Moderator and student-led tutorials
Independent Study95Self directed learning including exam preparation
Assignment Completion2In-Unit Examination
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction to and history of the psychology of perception

Experimental Methods of investigation

Visual Perception and Attention

Object Recognition

Chemoreception – Smell and Taste

Hearing and Speech Perception

Cutaneous Perception

Spatial Perception

Multi-sensory Integration and cross-modal cognition

Disorders of Perception

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Nick Braisby, Angus Gellatly,: 2012, Cognitive Psychology, Oxford University Press, Londonn, UK, 9780199236992
  • Vicki Bruce, Patrick Green, and Mark A. Georgeson: 2003, Visual Perception, Psychology Press, Hove, 9781841692388
  • Michael Eysenck, Mark T. Keane: 0, Cognitive Psychology Ed7, 7th, Psychology Press, 9781841695402
  • E. Bruce Goldstein: 2014, Sensation and Perception, 9th, Wadsworth Publishing, Belmont, CA, 9780495790792
  • Robert Sekuler, Randolph Blake: 2006, Perception, Mc-Graw Hill, London, 9780071112727
  • Edward E. Smith and Stephen M. Kosslyn; with the contributions of Lawrence W. Barsalou... [et al.]: 2009, Cognitive psychology, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, N.J., 9780131825086
  • John Anderson,: 2009, Cognitive Psychology and its Implications, 7th, Worth Publishers, New York, 9781429219488
  • Carol Brown,: 2007, Cognitive Psychology, SAGE Publications Ltd., London, 9781412918398
  • James Enns: 2004, The thinking eye, the seeing brain, W.W. Norton, New York, 9780393977219
  • Ken Gilhooly, Fiona Lyddy, Frank Pollick: 2014, Cognitive Psychology, 2-3, McGraw-Hill, Berkshire, UK, 978-0077122669
  • edited by E. Bruce Goldstein; consulting editors, Glyn Humphreys, Margaret Shiffrar, William Yost: 2005, Blackwell handbook of sensation and perception, Blackwell Publishing, Malden, 9780631206842
  • James W. Kalat,: 2013, Biological Psychology, Wadsworth Publishing, Belmont, CA, 9781111831004
  • Philip Quinlan & Ben Dyson: 2008, Cognitive psychology, Pearson, London, 9780131298101
  • Daniel Reisberg: 2010, Cognition, W. W. Norton, New York, 9780393198515
  • Robert J. Sternberg,: 2011, Cognitive Psychology, Wadsworth Publishing, Belmont, CA, 9781111344764
  • Elizabeth Styles,: 2006, The Psychology of Attention, Psychology Press, Hove, 9781841693972
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