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BIO 122 - Sensation and Perception

An introduction to the biological and psychological processes involved in sensation and perception.  This course will examine the way in which the sensory systems receive information from the environment and relay it to the central nervous system and how this information is then integrated, organized, and interpreted to form perceptions.  Emphasis will be placed on understanding the processes of touch, vision, hearing, balance, taste, and smell.  This course will also explore a variety of situations and conditions which can alter perception such as occur with phantom limb syndrome, color blindness, and even illusions.

Credits: 4
3 Class Hours; 3 Laboratory Hours
Course Profile
Learning Outcomes of the Course:

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

  1. Define and differentiate between sensation and perception.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic research methods used to analyze the processes of sensation and perception.
  3. Describe the basic structure and function of the central and peripheral nervous system and neurons.
  4. Describe the basic structure and function of the major sense organs.
  5. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the various forms of energy in the physical environment (such as light waves, air pressure, and chemicals) that can be transformed into a perceptual experience.
  6. Define multimodal perception, explain its importance, and provide examples.
  7. Describe how sensory information is integrated, organized, and interpreted to form perceptions.
  8. Provide examples of how perceptions can be influenced by biological, psychological, and environmental factors such as genetics, disease, injury, culture, prior knowledge, and expectations.
  9. Apply knowledge of sensation and perception to real world examples.
  10. Synthesize information, think critically, and solve problems.
  11. Work well independently and in groups and communicate effectively with others.

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