Undergraduate Course: Active Vision (PSYL10133)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course provides an overview of eye movements, attention and cognitive ethology. We will also look at expert-novice differences in gaze behavior and the training of less skilled individuals to adopt a more expert like gaze behaviour.
We will first establish that eye movements provide a window to the attentional system. Whilst attention can be deployed outside of the centre of gaze in most cases what we fixate on is typically useful for the task at hand. Until recently most of the research into attention and eye movements have used abstract or static images to gain an understanding of the visual and attentional system. Here we argue that the main purpose of these systems is to guide movement and in order to understand the attentional system we must study gaze behaviour under goal-directed, real-world conditions.
In this course, we will cover the theoretical perspectives of cognitive ethology and representative design related to the collection of eye-movement behaviour. With an emphasis on empirical evidence, we will focus on how gaze behavior differs in real-world and laboratory based tasks. We will examine how gaze behavior differs as a result of experience in a variety of real-world situations.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Degree major in Psychology and passes in Psychology courses at least to the equivalent of second year Psychology in Edinburgh. Prior agreement with the Year 4 Course Organizer.
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Know the basic characteristics of eye movements.
- Understand the relationship between eye movements and (overt) visual attention.
- Be able to critically evaluate laboratory and real-world approaches to gaze-behavior collection.
- Have some depth of knowledge in the of gaze behavior in real-world and laboratory and the effects of experience on gaze behaviour.
- Be able to apply knowledge about eye movements to novel forms of assessment and/or training broadly to a range of areas such as medicine, sports, traffic and transport.
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|Course organiser||Mr Christopher Egan
Tel: (0131 6)50 3450
|Course secretary||Ms Catherine Renton
Tel: (0131 6)50 3602