Unit code: HET226
|Credit points||12.5 Credit Points|
|Contact hours||Approximately 4 Hours per Week|
|Prerequisites||HET102 Introductory Physiology or HET133 Human Physiology|
A unit of study in the Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Sciences), Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical Engineering), Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Sciences)/Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics and Computer Systems), Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Psychophysiology) and Bachelor of Science (Psychology and Psychophysiology).
Aims and objectivesTo introduce the final component of the human sensory neurosciences and to examine higher cortical function associated with normal and dysfunctional brains.
- Vision, gross anatomy, micro-structure of retina, regulation of pressure, visual pathways, cortical and subcortical areas, evoked potentials, control of eye movements.
- Visually evoked potentials: Evoked potentials of cognition.
- Auditory and vestibular: gross anatomy of ear; cochlear, hair cells, labyrinths, coding of auditory information, cortical and subcortical areas, vestibular systems, optokinetic reflex.
- Auditory evoked potentials: brainstem, clinical testing.
- Chemical sense: Olfaction and taste, structures of mouth, nose, transduction at olfactory epithelium, pathway to cortex, taste receptors, classes of taste, interaction between smell, taste and trigeminal responses; perception and measurement.
- Sensory interactions and interactions between the special senses.
Reading materialsGoldstein EB, Sensation and Perception, 6th edn, Wadsworth, USA, 2002.
Martini, F, Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology, 4th edn, PrenticeHall International, 1998.