PSYC458-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Research in Visual Attention and Perceptual Neuropsychology

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


This course is designed to provide a relatively in-depth understanding of current findings in selective areas of visual dynamics and perceptual neuropsychology. The goal is to facilitate students to develop both an understanding of the fields and an interest in pursuing some aspects of them in the future. Topics covered will include visual selection and memory, visual awareness, the representation of object and space, face recognition, and others.

This course is designed to provide a relatively in-depth understanding of current research in selected topics of visual attention and perceptual neuropsychology, to practise science writing for the general public, and to develop an interest in pursuing research in some aspects of vision science in the future. Each topic will be the focus for one or two consecutive weeks. It is essential that you do the weekly reading before each seminar, and that you come to the class ready to discuss these papers.

Learning Outcomes

  • On successful completion of the course, students will have:
  • Gained a relatively in-depth understanding of the major models and theories in selected topics of visual attention and perceptual neuropsychology.
  • Demonstrated the ability to read original research articles and to evaluate critically the authors’ empirical findings and their interpretation of the data and theoretical claims.
  • Learnt to lead discussion and to present other people’s research in a clear and succinct way.
  • Learnt to formulate a research question, conduct literature search on a topic of interest, turn the research question into one or more testable hypotheses, write a research proposal, and present the proposal in a semi-formal setting.
  • Learnt to write plain-language articles about science for the general public.


PSYC208 or PSYC209, or
subject to approval by the Head of School

Course Coordinator

Zhe Chen


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Class Presentation & leading discussion 15%
Discussion Participation 10%
Science writing for young minds 25%
Research project proposal 50%

Textbooks / Resources

No textbook is required; A reading list is provided.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,079.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing .

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  • PSYC458-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023