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Visual Psychophysics - From Theory to Experiment

The course

Dieser Blockkurs erfolgt auf Englisch.

In the second half of Summer Semester 2019, we (Prof. Stefan Treue & Dr. Clio Quigley) will offer a block course entitled "Visual Psychophysics - From Theory to Experiment". This introductory course is a mixture of lecture, seminar, and practical exercises and will emphasise the importance of psychophysics as a central method in human perceptual and sensorimotor research. Beyond gaining an understanding of the underlying theoretical principles, students should also be able to design and conduct their own psychophysical experiments and critically assess published studies by the end of the course.

The course will be taught in English.

This block course is offered in the university course catalogue (M.Bio.373) and as a GGNB methods course (A18).

The course will be held in blocks over three weeks (Friday & Saturday) with additional tutorials during the week between the course blocks (Wednesdays). Please see the Dates page for more details.

Who should attend.

The course is aimed at highly motivated Master and Bachelor students of psychology, biology, and physics who have a particular interest in research, as well as PhD students in the GGNB programs. Prerequisites are completion of the lecture Biologische Psychologie II/Kognitive Neurowissenschaften or an equivalent university course. In addition, it is mandatory to take part in the preceding course "MATLAB in Biopsychology and Neuroscience" (Prof. Alexander Gail) if you do not already have sufficient MATLAB experience.

The course is limited to a small group of students to allow intensive supervision. Successful completion of "Visual Psychophysics - From Theory to Experiment" is required for admission to a Bachelor or Master thesis or HiWi employment in the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory and associated Sensorimotor and Decision and Awareness groups.


Pre-registration will allow you to attend a preparatory meeting. Details about the course will be given during this meeting and afterwards you will have the opportunity to confirm your interest in joining the course. The number of participants in this course is limited and participation is only guaranteed after you receive a final confirmation of participation after the preparatory meeting. 

Pre-registration for this course will be open until Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 and is accessible through the StudIP entry for the course.

NoteRegistration via the Course homepage does not replace FlexNow registration for those of you who are admitted to the course and want to participate in the exam to receive credit for the course.

Last update: February 13, 2019

Dr. Cliodhna Quigley

Dr. Cliodhna Quigley Kognitive Neurowissenschaften +49 551 3851-345 Kontakt

Prof. Dr. Stefan Treue

Prof. Dr. Stefan Treue Abteilungsleiter Kognitive Neurowissenschaften +49 551 3851-118 Kontakt