Principles and models of perception

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims at providing the student with the basic knowledge and methodology to deal with perceptual processes that ground the digital communication realm. In particular, the neurobiological and psychological levels of explanation of auditory, visual and tactile perception will be addressed, together with statistical and computational models relevant for the field.
Expected learning outcomes
Upon completion of the course students shall be able to:
1. Understand and explain most relevant features of auditory, visual and tactile perception;
2. Understand their modelling issues within the context of the main topics concerning the digital communication realm: multimedia processing and man-machine interaction design.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Online lectures through the Webex platform

All lectures will be recorded and will be available through the Ariel website:
Course syllabus
Introduction to Perception
The Beginnings of the Perceptual Process
Neural Processing
Cortical Organization
Perceiving Objects and Scenes
Visual Attention
Taking Action
Perceiving Motion
Perceiving Color
Perceiving Depth and Size
Hearing system; Location and Organization
Speech Perception
The Cutaneous Senses
The Chemical Senses

Neural networks as the computational models of neural processing and perception
Prerequisites for admission
Teaching methods
Online Lectures (slides available at the Ariel website:
Teaching Resources
Bruce Goldstein. "Sensation and Perception"
Papers from Scientific Journals.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Spoken test + Project
M-PSI/01 - GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours
Professor: Casiraghi Elena
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