Sensation and Perception
Seoul, South Korea
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
This course provides a general introduction to contemporary theory and research in
perception, including an analysis of philosophical and biological issues. We learn how
biological organisms acquire, process and utilize information about objects and events
in the environment. Perception is an area of psychology where the links to
neuroscience are among the strongest. Thus, a recurring theme in the course is the
relation between brain events and perceptual events, with solid grounding in sensory
neurophysiology. All the senses - vision, audition, taste, smell and touch - are covered.
Besides its grounding in neurobiology, perception inevitably entails discussion of
philosophical issues, including epistemology (the branch of philosophy concerned with
the origins of knowledge) and the mind/body problem. Throughout the semester,
students are asked to think about the representational nature of knowledge and about
naive realism (the view that our perceptions provide an objective "picture" of reality).
In addition, the course seeks to establish links between principles of perception and
developments within the visual arts, music and literature. Lectures are supplemented
with demonstrations and exercises.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.