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Scott O. Murray
PSYCH 555
Seattle Campus

Seminar in Cognition/Perception

Weekly meetings for discussion of current topics. Prerequisite: graduate standing in psychology, or permission of instructor.

Class description

The ability to visually process information from faces is an essential skill for human social interaction. Faces provide cues to identify individuals and convey important information about the emotions and intentions of others. A growing body of research suggests that there may be dedicated brain structures and unique visual processing strategies for faces compared to other objects; but, are these structures and processes simply a reflection of expertise with a single, behaviorally important object category? In this seminar, we will consider behavioral, electrophysiological, and neuroimaging evidence addressing the basic organization of face processing and center discussions around the debate of the "specialness" of faces.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Discussion of related articles.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Scott O. Murray
Date: 11/04/2005