Warning: This is a dynamic syllabus. It gets updated as we go. Consult it several times a week on line.
Last Updated April 21, 2015
William M. Mace
Office: Life Sciences 212A
Office Hours: Monday 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Thursday 3 pm – 4 pm — and by appointment
The syllabus will be linked to Moodle. We may use Moodle more during the term, but most things will be linked to this webpage.
In order to pass the course, you must complete all assignments —collecting data formal write-ups of assigned lab experiments.
|Schedule of Labs|
|Date||Reading for lab||Topic description|
|Introduction — including computer portions on Excel and the World Wide Web.
Visual Angle. Calculating the visual angle of your thumbnail at arm’s length and then using it.Visual Angle PowerpointVisual Angle Excel
Constant Angle to manipulate (BROKEN LINK) in Geometer’s Sketchpad program (GSP)
|Visual Angle.Assignment: Calculate the visual angle of your thumb at arm’s length, the moon, the sun, and your computer screen at a comfortable viewing distance.
Review visual angle data; What does it mean? What does the comparison between the sun and moon imply?
Look at visual angle of objects in hallway at different distances
|Excel sheet with Daycare door details about angles for all distancesSee article by Baird et al (1990) on the Moon Illusion. Author Fuld son
Journal of Vision Assignment for FridayMoon illusion assignment due before class next week.
|Class today:  Review visual angle with Geometer’s Sketchpad program.  Calculate distance to Daycare Center door.  Finding visual angles in the Journal of Vision. Learn PowerPoint animation.  Review Moon illusion for PowerPoint homework.|
|Review of Moon Illusion||Learning to program with Matlab and Psychtoolbox. Beginning with exploring the coordinate grid and then drawing shapes|
|More visual angle applications: Focal length of cameras
Scripts with m files:
|Learning to program with Matlab and Psychtoolbox. Beginning with exploring the coordinate grid and then drawing shapes|
|Scripts for a full experiment are in MoodleBegin full experiment in lab||Finally — we begin an experiment on the sensitivity to squares — of all things.
Method of Constant Stimuli
|Review of results of Square experiment; discussion of writing lab report.|
|Simple apparent motion (File not compatible)||Apparent motion lab|
|Archetype of categorical perception research||Collect data|
|Discussion of data from bistable experiment
Discussion of data from speech experiment
|Write up speech data as lab report due April 14|
| Lab 11
Same tutorial in pdf. Easy to look at, but not manipulable.
| Lab 12
|Try stereo with inexpensive stereoscopes and displays for them.
Begin event perception and biological motion.
|Speech Lab Report Due by 10 pm|
| Lab 13
|Gunnar Johansson and biological motion.
BBC video on movement Beginning of this video is Sverker Runeson research to follow up the Johansson videos. The film, made for TV, was made by Martin Freeth, who is shown on camera as the participant in the experiment.