|SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR||ING-INF/06|
|LANGUAGE||Italian (English on demand)|
The course, compulsory for all curricula, provides a coherent, up-to-date introduction to the basic facts and theories concerning (human) sensory perception. The physical and physiological aspects of each sensory modality are considered before its perceptual characteristics. Emphasis is placed on how perceptual experience relates to the physical properties of the world and to physiological constraints in the brain.
Physical and physiological bases of perception. Structural and functional characteristics of sensorineural systems (visual, auditory, tactile). Perceptual phenomenology, cognition and behavior. Algorithms, techniques and systems for measuring or influencing human perception and behavior.
The course aims to:
At the end of the course, the student will have achieved some understanding of the physical stimuli relevant to the considered sensory modalities, and a basic grasp of the underlying sensory physiology. He will also be able to design a simple psychophysical experiment and to model the receptive fields of the primary sensory areas.
Linear algebra and analytical geometry in space.
Elements of signal processing.
Traditional lectures and guided practical classes on pyshophysics (48h). An 8h supplementary course on "Mechanisms of multisensory integration in health and disability" is also foreseen.
Part I – Neurophysiological basis of perception
Part II – Techniques for the analysis and interpretation of data
Part III – Interactive and enactive paradigms
Supplementary course (dr. Monica Gori, 8h): Mechanisms of multisensory integration in health and disability.
Slides and other distributed material (available through Aulaweb).
Recommended textbook: G. Mather. “Foundations of sensation and perception” (2nd edition) Psychology Press 2009
Office hours: Monday 11am-13pm Thursday 16:00pm-17:00pm Office: pad. E, Via Opera Pia 13 (3rd floor) Lab: “Bioengineering - SyNaPSI”, pad. E, Via Opera Pia 13 (1st floor)
SILVIO PAOLO SABATINI (President)
ANDREA CANESSA (President Substitute)
All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.
Written examination with 6 open questions or exercises, followed by oral discussion. Access to the oral discussion is conditioned on passing the written exam with a grade above or equal to 18/30. The oral discussion can be sustained both in the same session in which the student has taken the written exam or in subsequent sessions. Examples of written assignments are available on Aulaweb. Each answer is evaluated in thirtieth and its score (if > = 18/30) contributes to the determination of the overall score, calculated as the arithmetic average of the scores of the answers to the individual questions. Any missing or insufficient answer (score <18) will not be considered for the purposes of the calculation of the average, which will be calculated for the sufficient answers, only. Two points for each missing or insufficient answer is subtracted by the obtained score. An assignment with more than 2 missing or insufficient answers is considered not passed. Following the oral discussion, the final grade will confirm, increase or decrease the score of the written exam.
The student should eventually demonstrate:
The written exam is aimed at (1) verifying the acquisition of the concepts presented in the course, and (2) evaluating the ability of analysis and modeling on specific problems.
The oral discussion is aimed at (1) confirming the level of knowledge established with the written exam, and (2) verifying the ability to frame and critically analyze the covered topics.
In general, in addition to the correctness and completeness of the answer, the evaluation criteria comprise: the relevance to the question, the clarity of the answer, and the ability to synthesise.