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PSY 220 Sensation and Perception (3 credits)

The world around us abounds with all manner of sensory stimuli-visual, olfactory, auditory, tactile, and gustatory. This course will explore the manner in which we internalize this information and use it as knowledge about what is going on around us. Each of the senses will be considered from biological and phenomenological perspectives, and the process by which we derive meaning from sensory activity will be examined. Topics to be covered include object perception, visual attention, music and speech perception, somatosensory processing, taste preferences, and smell recognition. Note: This course may be taken as an elective, or combined with PSY 320L/321L to satisfy the natural science laboratory requirement of the Psychology major. PSY 320L/321L is a co-requisite for PSY 220 if both are offered during a given semester.