Visual Cognition (10966)

Credits: 6 advanced credits in psychology.

Prerequisites: 36 credits, including Introduction to Statistics for Students of Social Sciences I, Introduction to Statistics for Students of Social Sciences II, Research Methods in Social Sciences, Introduction to Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Participation in Psychological and Educational Research and Research Experience, Regression Analysis and Analysis of Variance. Students must also fulfill all English requirements and take bibliographic instruction in the Library.

Authors: Professor Tal Makovski

Academic supervisor: Professor Tal Makovski

Course coordinator: Dr. Nir Getter

Objectives: The course will introduce students to current research in the field of visual cognition. The students will learn about theories, phenomena, and paradigms in the study of visual cognition through interactive demonstrations and critical reading of articles. Special emphasis will be given to the development of scientific thinking abilities.

Overview: Visual cognition is a field of research that incorporates a variety of research domains that concern various aspects of the representation of the visual world. This course aims to present selected topics in the study of visual cognition, to demonstrate the paradigms and phenomena it uses and how these issues are manifested in daily life.

p>Materials: The course materials are based on eighteen articles and a student's guide developed by Tal Makovski. The guide includes short overviews of the various topics and is designed to make the articles more accessible for undergraduate students. The materials further include five filmed lectures (20-30 minutes each), demonstrations of visual phenomena and a website.

Course website : The website includes interactive examples of visual phenomena as well as online experiments in which students can actively experience data collection.

Assignments and course requirements: To meet the course requirements the student has to submit two homework assignments out of three and to pass the final exam of the course with a grade higher than 60.