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Jonathan S. Cant


PSY5222: Differing Perspectives on Visual Cognitive Representation

PSY5222 will explore differing viewpoints regarding the nature of cortical representation, with a focus on cognitive representation. A number of different topics will be discussed, including (but not limited to): the nature of visual cortical organization (e.g., modular vs. distributed visual representations); the nature of face representation in the ventral stream of visual processing (e.g., face specificity vs. visual expertise hypotheses); the nature of representation in parahippocampal cortex (e.g., representing scenes using high-level visual features vs. representing scenes using low-level visual features vs. the processing of contextual associations); the ‘perception vs. action’ debate (e.g., the degree to which perceptual and visuomotor processing are dissociated and independently segregated to ventral and dorsal visual streams, respectively), and the nature of representation in early visual cortex (e.g., does primary visual cortex exclusively represent visual information?). A brief back ground will be presented for each topic, which will be followed by a class discussion of the assigned readings, and students will ultimately have the opportunity to choose one side of an issue and engage in an open class debate.

Class: Winter 2021 Semester
Office Hours: To be announced

PSYC75: Cognitive Psychology Laboratory

PSYC75 introduces conceptual and practical issues concerning research in cognitive psychology. Students will be introduced to current research methods through a series of practical exercises conducted on computers. By the end of the course, students will be able to program experiments, manipulate data files, and conduct basic data analyses.

Class: Winter 2021 Semester
Office Hours: To be announced

PSYC51: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Vision

PSYC51 provides an in-depth examination of research in the field of visual cognitive neuroscience. Topics will include the visual perception of object features (shape, colour, texture), the perception of high-level categories (objects, faces, bodies, scenes), visual attention, and comparisons between the human and monkey visual systems.

Class: Fall 2020 Semester, online asynchronous delivery
Office Hours: Wednesdays 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, online synchronous delivery

PSYD51: Current Topics in Perception

PSYD51 offers an intensive examination of selected topics in visual percpetion. The specific content will vary from year to year.

Class: Not offered in the 2020-2021 academic year
Office Hours: N/A

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