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Course module: UCSCICOGL1
Visual Psychophysics Lab
Course info
Course codeUCSCICOGL1
ECTS Credits2.5
Category / Level2 (2 (Bachelor Elaborating))
Course typePractical
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byUniversity College Utrecht; Science;
Contact persondr. G.S.A.T. van Rossum
S. Chota
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Course contact
dr. G.S.A.T. van Rossum
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Teaching period
SUMMER  (24/05/2021 to 25/06/2021)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Timeslot not applicable
Study mode
RemarkRegistration for lab courses closes approx. 3 months prior to start. 3 modules to be taken in 2 consecutive terms
Course application processCourse coordinator
Additional informationContact the course coordinator to enrol for this course.
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesNo
Waiting listNo
Course placement processEducation&Student office
Additional informationThe Education&Student office places students based on level of studies, graduation requirements, maximum class size and time slot feasibility.
Course goals
A central problem in the neuroscience of perception is how conscious perception is able to integrate visual features that are processed in separate areas of the brain. Different areas in the visual cortex are specialized for processing different features, such as color, motion, and shape. For instance, when presented with a scene containing a blue square and a red triangle, some neurons will signal the presence of blue and red, while others signal the presence square and triangle shapes. How does the brain bind the right color to the right shape?
One way to study this problem is through Visual Search. In a visual search task, a person searches for a target within an array of other items (e.g., Where’s Waldo?). The speed at which a particular target can be found among particular non-targets is informative about the way its defining properties are encoded in the brain.

In the first week students will formulate a research question and design an experiment based on the provided literature. To answer the research question students will be introduced to a programming environment that enables them to run an experiment using a visual search paradigm.
During the second week, students participate in each other’s experiments and are given a practical introduction to relevant statistical techniques. Students apply these techniques to analyze their data. At the end of the second week students will present their findings.
Students are evaluated based on their practical work and their final presentation.

Due to the short duration and intensive nature of the lab course, 100% attendance is required.
Entry requirements
You must meet the following requirements
  • Enrolled for a degree programme of faculty University College Utrecht
  • At least 1 of the courses below must have been passed
    • Human and Animal Biology (UCSCIBIO13)
    • Cognitive Neuroscience I (UCSCICOG11)
    • Introduction to Psychology (UCSSCPSY11)
Required materials
Instructional formats
lab course

Test weight100
Minimum grade-

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