Perception, Attention and Performance

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Perception, Attention and Performance

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Behavioral Science, Psychology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Admission to some psychology courses will depend on the academic background of the student in the relevant subject area.

  • 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.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The course aims to provide an introduction to sensory and perceptual processes, blending classical and contemporary approaches to basic information processing. The course will outline key theoretical issues and methodological contributions in perception and cognition generally. In addition, it will demonstrate the scope for the application of knowledge of sensory and perceptual processes to other areas of cognitive psychology and neuroscience. The course aims to cover the following topics: basic sensory processes and psychophysics; pattern recognition and visual search; object recognition; colour perception; visual and auditory attention; subliminal perception; multiple task performance; perceptual mechanisms and dynamics; models of information processing; applications of cognitive psychology.

    Module objectives

    * Students should be able to specify the main theories, models, concepts or methods concerning the psychology of perception and human performance
    * Critically evaluate each of the theories in relation to any rival theories citing research evidence to support or refute each idea
    * Provide examples of experimental and modeling techniques used in perception and attention research
    * Review the contributions of perception research to general psychology
    * Discuss the applicability of research (data, theories, methods, concepts) on perception, attention and action to real-world problems

    Basic Reading

    * Styles, E.A. (1997). The Psychology of Attention. Hove, UK: The Psychology Press.
    * Goldstein, E.B. (2001). Sensation and Perception. (6th Edition). New York: Brooks/Cole.


    Written Exam.

Course Disclaimer

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.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

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.


This site uses cookies to store information on your computer. Some are essential to make our site work; others help us improve the user experience. By using the site, you consent to the placement of these cookies.

Read our Privacy Policy to learn more.