PSYC 361: Sensation and Perception
Spring, 2013

Lecture--MWF, 8:00-8:50am, CH118; Lab--Th, 12:30-2:30 pm, CH203

Larry Normansell
CH244; 826-8355
Office Hours: ThF 9:00am-12:00pm; and by appointment

Course Outline/Schedule

Course Description: Sensation and Perception surveys the relationship between the various sensory modalities and behavior. The emphasis is on the interaction between such variables as basic sensory neurophysiology, environmental factors, personal experiences, and the ultimate process of perception.

Specific Learning Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

 1.      Define various terms regarding sensory and perceptual processing

 2.      State the major issues concerning the study of sensation

 3.      Understand practical applications of current research in sensation

 4.      Adopt a scientific view to the study of sensory and perceptual processes

 5.      Compare and contrast psychological principles, theories and methods as they pertain to sensory and neurological systems

 6.      Think critically about these principles, theories and methods



Your grade in the class will be based on your performance on 4 exams covering material from the text, lectures and lab projects. Your regular attendance at class and lab, contribution to classroom discussion, and written lab projects are also important parts of this course and will contribute substantially to your grade.

If for any reason you are unable to take a quiz or an exam at the scheduled time, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to inform me (by phone or email) in advance. Students are expected to make arrangements with me to take the exam at an alternate time prior to the next class meeting.


Grade: The letter grade you receive will be based on a percent correct basis (of 700 possible points) using the following scale:

ADA Statement on Accommodation: Any student who wishes to request an accommodation is responsible to contact the Disability Education Office (DEO) to discuss his/her specific needs and the process to receive reasonable accommodation. Please contact the DEO, located in the Center for Advancement of Learning in Montgomery Hall 223 or call 740-826-8280 to arrange an appointment as soon as possible. At the appointment, the procedure to coordinate accommodations will be discussed. You can also find information about the process for accommodation on the web at

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