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Perception, Planning and Action

University of Warwick

Department of Psychology 2021/22

Module Code:


Module Name:

Perception, Planning & Action

Module Credits (CATS):


Module Convener

James Tresilian, Melina Kunar

Module Teachers


Module Aims

To engage students in: the psychology of perceiving, planning and acting, particularly: the neurobiological basis of perception, neuropsychological deficits in perceiving, planning and action and attention. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding of the how perceptual processes work to provide useful information about the environment

A basic knowledge of the neurobiology of vision.

Knowledge of how abnormalities and/or damage to the nervous system lead to deficits in perception, planning and action

A basic understanding of theories of perception, planning and attention and of how observations of the damaged or abnormal brain can play a role in developing and testing these theories

Assessed by:

Weekly assessments, essay and exam.

Module Work Load

Module Length

12 Weeks


Term 1, weeks 1 to 5: THREE lectures per week

Term 1, weeks 6 to 10: TWO lectures per week

Term 3, weeks 1 and 2: ONE lecture per week


Term 1, weeks 6 to 10: ONE seminar per fortnight


Attendance at lectures and seminars is compulsory

Module Assessment

Assessed work:

Weekly Assessment







Module Programme

Sensing and Perceiving Perception of Colour Perceiving Depth and Distance Deficits in Perception Deficits in Planning Deficits in Action An Introduction to Attention Revision sessions.

Module Reading List

Wolf, J. et al. (2015) Sensation and Perception (4th Edition). Sunderland MA: Sinauer Associates

Ellis, A., & Young, A. (1996). Human cognitive neuropsychology : a textbook with readings. Hove : Psychology Press.

McCarthy, R A. & Warrington E. K. (1990) Cognitive Neuropsychology: A Clinical Introduction. Academic Press, Inc

Parkin, A.J, (1996). Explorations in Cognitive Neuropsychology. Blackwell Publishers Ltd

Styles, E. A. (1997). The psychology of attention. Psychology Press Ltd