Department of Psychology

Perception Psychology

Selectable course within the subject of psychology, 7.5 credits

The course syllabus below in PDF

Course Syllabus


After completing the course the student will be able to:
• Define and describe fundamental issues identified in the psychology of visual perception in humans and be able to describe current research and the state of knowledge in these areas.
• Describe potentials and limitations of alternative theoretical foundations in the psychology of perception, particularly the contrast between constructivist theory in modern form and ecological perception theory, as well as the distinction of perception-action and perception-cognition.
• Recite the central theoretical perception psychological models and describe how these have developed and modified in the light of research in recent years. • Critically examine perceptual psychological research on the base of insights about the current state of knowledge


This course provides an overview of theoretical approaches and research in the psychology of visual perception, including among others a quick introduction to controversial concepts in ecological theory, and mainstream perception theory. Topics addressed include the coupling of perception-action, 3D room and object perception, and dynamic ("hidden") properties of objects, personal and social perception. The emphasis is on traditional experimental psychological research in visual perception, and also on neurophysiological research. Lectures will be accompanied by literature seminars. Lectures will be given in English.


A written examination at the end of the course and active participation at the lectures/seminars (participation on at least 75 % of lectures is mandatory) to pass the course.

Reading List

Theories of visual perception, 3rd edition, Ian E. Gordon

+ Original scientific work, mainly published scientific articles announced in conjunction with the start of the course.