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PS350 - Body Perception: Neurons to Experience

  • Module code: PS350
  • Module name: Body Perception: Neurons to Experience
  • Department: Psychology
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The primary aim of this module is to understand how we perceive our environment. The processes of sensations and perception are, arguably, the best understood psychological tasks. Evidence from a large range of methodologies (anatomy, neurology, physiology, experimental psychology and psychophysics, cognitive neuropsychology, computer science, artificial intelligence and imaging studies) gathered over the past 100 years has all been brought to bear and integrated into our current understanding of perception. This module will cover evidence from all these methodologies to provide an overview of how we process and interpret information gathered through our senses.

Principal learning outcomes

"Students who successfully complete this module will: Recall the anatomy and physiology of the visual, auditory, and other sensory systems; Understand how the anatomical structure and physiological functions of sensory and neural systems relate to the subjective perception of the environment; Discuss current theories of perception and understand their relation to the empirical studies; Appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of current theories of perception. "

Timetabled teaching activities

Length of module: 12 weeks. One lecture per week; one seminar per week. Attendance at lectures and seminars is compulsory.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: PS350-15)
D2 (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 33%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 67%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Undergraduate Psychology (C800) - Year 3
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (VL78) - Year 2
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (VL78) - Year 3
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (with Intercalated year) (VL79) - Year 4