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Undergraduate Course: Active Vision (PSYL10133)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Perception (PSYL10116)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesDegree 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.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  40
Course Start Block 2 (Sem 1)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework (The assesment requires students to write a funding application, 2,500 words; 100%)
Feedback Students will submit individual 500-word proposals detailing key features of their intended funding application. The students will then receive written feedback on their proposals. Students may also receive verbal feedback in meetings during special office hours devoted to the Active Vision course.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Know the basic characteristics of eye movements.
  2. Understand the relationship between eye movements and (overt) visual attention.
  3. Be able to critically evaluate laboratory and real-world approaches to gaze-behavior collection.
  4. Have some depth of knowledge in the of gaze behavior in real-world and laboratory and the effects of experience on gaze behaviour.
  5. 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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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserMr Christopher Egan
Tel: (0131 6)50 3450
Course secretaryMs Stephanie Fong
Tel: (0131 6)51 3733
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