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9.35 Sensation And Perception

As taught in: Spring 2009

The checkerboard illusion, illustrating simultaneous contrast.

The checkerboard illusion, illustrating simultaneous contrast. The squares marked A and B are the same shade of gray. (Image courtesy of Edward H. Adelson. Used with permission.)

Level:

Undergraduate

Instructors:

Dr. Benjamin Balas

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to important philosophical questions about the mind, specifically those that are intimately connected with contemporary psychology and neuroscience. Are our concepts innate, or are they acquired by experience? (And what does it even mean to call a concept 'innate'?) Are 'mental images' pictures in the head? Is color in the mind or in the world? Is the mind nothing more than the brain? Can there be a science of consciousness? The course will include guest lectures by Professors.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .wav, .mat, and .m.