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Perception and Motor Systems

2014 unit code: MBP20005 (formerly HET231)

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014.
Credit points12.5 Credit Points
Duration1 Semester
Contact hoursApproximately 4 Hours per Week

HET102 Introductory Physiology or HES1610 Concepts of Biology and HET148 Technology and Data Acquisition or HET182 Electronics Systems


Related course(s)

A unit of study in the Bachelor of Science (Psychology and Psychophysiology).

Aims and objectives

To develop an understanding of human motor control systems and an understanding of psychophysics, perception, human performance and experimental systems.

Teaching methods

Lectures, Laboratory Work and Online/Flexible Delivery


Assignments, Pracs


  • 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 materials

Kandel, 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.