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ASCI 660 : Sensation and Perception

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Sensation and Perception
This course examines how the human senses transform stimulus patterns of physical energy into the neural codes that become our perceptions of the world. This class will address advanced issues in human information processing with specific regard to the physical and psychological variables associated with sensory and perceptual phenomena. Topics include vision, audition, smell, taste, touch, balance, and phenomena common to all sensory modalities, such as feature enhancement, inhibition, adaptation, and stages of neural coding. While all the senses will be covered, special attention will be paid to the visual and tactile senses.

The purpose of the course is to familiarize the student with the theoretical, empirical, and methodological foundations of our specialized sensory/perceptual systems. This course will provide a basis for the understanding of the perceptual capabilities and limitations of human as components in aviation/aerospace systems. This will be accomplished by exposing the students to the basic components of human behavior as understood and studied by experimental, cognitive and perceptual psychologists, as well as human factor engineers. The students will be shown how knowledge of the perceptual systems can and has been applied to improve total system performance. The students will be exposed to the relevant research literature.

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the anatomical components of the visual system.

2. Analyze how various aspects of visual perception are shaped by the properties of the retina.

3. Demonstrate how visual information is used to distinguish objects from their backgrounds and to discriminate objects from one another.

4. Identify basic perceptual issues in aviation/aerospace environments

5. Explain how objects are recognized within the visual system.

6. Describe the mechanisms of color vision.

7. Demonstrate how monocular and binocular cues are used to specify the 3-D layout of objects.

8. Apply the neural basis of movement and auditory perception to flight.

9. Evaluate how receptors impact the sense of touch.

10. Evaluate how the senses influence the perception of pain.

11. Demonstrate the contribution of the minor senses of olfaction and gustation in perception.

12. Provide an overview of the field of psychophysics and how it has contributed to our understanding of perception.

13. Select relevant perceptual problems for analysis and study.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

14. Demonstrate appropriate selection and application of a research method and statistical analysis (where required), specific to the course subject matter (effective July 1, 2013).

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Dr. Dennis Vincenzi - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kent Anderson - 3/1/2015
Dr. Ian McAndrew - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 3/1/2015
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