Perception and Attention


Topics to be covered:

  • Introduction to Cognition
  • Low-level visual processing
  • Object and face perception
  • Focused and divided attention
  • Visual search and feature binding
  • Functional brain imaging
  • Electrophysiology
  • Executive functions
  • Attention disorders
  • Introductory lecture and workshop experiment on attentional limitations


  • 10 lectures
  • 3 x 1 hour workshops  


The workshop report contributes 25% of the mark for the module.  There is a class test (multiple choice) at the end of the autumn term, which contributes 75% of the mark.

Please note that the format of papers in the supplementary examinations may differ from the equivalent main examination paper or class test. Re-sit and deferral students should check the details of the assessment format of supplementary examinations with the Module Leader.

Key skills

  • Written communication
  • Gathering information
  • Analysing data
  • Report writing
  • Organisation and planning
  • Critical thinking
  • Team work
  • Problem solving
  • Computing and IT
  • Using initiative
  • Flexibility