PSY 4032 - Psychology of Music
This course explores various aspects of music perception, including tonality, harmony, consonance, and dissonance. We study the cognitive neuroscience of music by looking at research using brain imaging and research using patients with brain damage. We also consider developmental (babies) and comparative (animals) studies to help determine the extent to which music is innate and/or unique to humans. The final topic explores the relationship between music and emotion.
PSY 8041 - Proseminar in Perception
This course provides a survey of research into visual and auditory perception, with an emphasis on current work performed in labs at the University of Minnesota. The course combines background lectures with student-led theme discussions, focused on classic and current papers in the research literature.
(3 credits, co-taught with Dan Kersten, PhD)
GCC5022 - The Human Experience of Sensory Loss
This course focuses on the visual, auditory and other sensory pathways that convey information about the world to mind and brain. Millions of people worldwide experience deficits in a sensory function that affect their quality of life. We will focus on the characteristics of healthy sensory functioning as well as how sensory disorders can affect personal identity, impede information processing, and alter brain structure and function.
(3 credits, co-taught with Gordon Legge, PhD, Peggy Nelson. PhD, & Meredith Adams, MD)