2020 Mechanisms of Visual Perception

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Graduate major in Information and Communications Engineering
Kaneko Hirohiko  Sato Imari  Nagai Takehiro 
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Course description and aims

In this course, the aspects and mechanisms of visual information processing for space perception, color perception, motion perception etc. are described showing recent studies. The methods for measuring, analyzing and modeling the functions of visual system are also described. This will allow them to acquire advanced knowledge of visual systems and techniques for measuring, analyzing and modeling the data obtained in experiments.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to 1) explain the functions and mechanisms of human visual system for color perception, space perception, motion perception, attention, pattern perception, integration of sensory information, and so on and 2) use the techniques for measuring, analyzing and modeling the data obtained in psychophysical experiments.


Stereopsis, Visual attention, Eye movements, Perceptual learning

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

At the beginning of each class, solutions to exercise problems that were assigned during the previous class are reviewed. In the end of class, students are given quizzes related to the lecture given that day. To prepare for a class, students should read the course schedule section and check what topics will be covered. Required learning should be completed outside of the classroom for preparation and review purposes.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Guidance of lecture, Space perception 1 (Depth cues) Explain the key contents of the lecture.
Class 2 Space perception 2 (Binocular disparity processing) Explain the key contents of the lecture.
Class 3 Eye movements Explain the key contents of the lecture.
Class 4 Scene and face recognition Explain the key contents of the lecture.
Class 5 Texture and material perception Explain the key contents of the lecture.
Class 6 Visual attention Explain the key contents of the lecture.
Class 7 Visual perception and information systems Explain the key contents of the lecture.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Materials used in class can be found on OCW-i.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

1.J. M. Wolfe et al., Sensation and Perception 2nd ed., Sinauer Associates, Inc., 2009.
2.I.P.Howard & B.J.Rogers, Seeing in depth, I. Porteous, 2002.

Assessment criteria and methods

Quiz at each course session: 75%, and a report at the end of course: 25%.

Related courses

  • ICT.H411 : Basic Sensation Informatics

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prior conditions

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