9.35 Sensation and Perception

Spring 2004

The checkerboard illusion, illustrating simultaneous contrast.
The checkerboard illusion, illustrating simultaneous contrast. The squares marked A and B are the same shade of gray. (Image courtesy of Edward H. Adelson. Used with permission.)

Course Highlights

This course features a selection of lecture notes and, in the tools section, a set of animations.

Course Description

This course explores how senses work and how physical stimuli get transformed into signals in the nervous system, as well as how the brain uses those signals to determine what's out there in the world. All the senses are discussed, with a focus on vision. Topics include perception of color, motion, form, and depth.

Technical Requirements

QuickTime® Player software  is required to view the .mov and .qt files in this section.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Edward Adelson

Teaching Assistant:
Joshua McDermott

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session




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