Perception and Motor Systems
Unit code: HET231
|Credit points||12.5 Credit Points|
|Contact hours||Approximately 4 Hours per Week|
Related course(s)A unit of study in the Bachelor of Science (Psychology and Psychophysiology).
Aims and objectivesTo develop an understanding of human motor control systems and an understanding of psychophysics, perception, human performance and experimental systems.
- Physiology of the motor system.
- Peripheral motor system, effector pathways, and muscle performance.
- Motor system: peripheral effectors, muscle spindle, feedback, cortical regions, cerebellum, subcortical regions, motor pathways, control of movement, disorders of movement, Parkinson's disease, chorea.
- Early historical developments in neuroscience.
- The development of notions of cortical localisation of function.
- Cortical mapping of motor and sensory function.
- Cortical plasticity, sensory remapping and phantom limb phenomena.
- Cerebellar function.
- Perception including optical and other illusions.
- Human performance
Reading materialsKandel, ER, Schwarz JH & Jessell TM, Principles of Neural Science, 3rd/4th edn, Prentice-Hall, London, 1991.
Ryan, C, Exploring Perception, Brooks/Cole, Pacific Cove, 1997.
Carpenter, RHS, Neurophysiology, 3rd edn, Arnold, London, 1997.
Bears, MF, Connors, BW & Paradiso, MA, Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain, William & Wilkins, Baltimore, 1996.
Coren, S, Ward, LM & Enns, JT, Sensation & Perception, 4th edn, Fort Worth, Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1979.
Goldstein EB, Sensation & Perception, 6th edn, Wadsworth, USA, 2002.