Sensory and perceptual memory and learning

Gianluca Campana
Dipartimento di Psicologia Generale
M-PSI/01, M-PSI/02

Our ability to interpret and recognize incoming stimuli partially depends on the memory of previous encounter of these or similar stimuli. The way our visual and cognitive system stores and uses information about previously encountered stimuli is still a matter of debate. Two different research areas, as found in the relevant literature, deal with shorter and longer types of sensory/perceptual memory: perceptual  priming and perceptual memory. Students will be introduced to the main findings within these two fields or research, using a variety of tools (from behavioural to brain imaging or brain stimulation techniques).
Frontal lessons will be integrated with LAB sessions .

-Perceptual priming: the first behavioural studies
-Investigation of the neural substrates underlying perceptual priming.
-Serial dependence
-Perceptual priming: learning stimulus distributions
-Perceptual (long-term) learning
-Clinical applications of perceptual learning

Course requirements
Foundations of cognitive neuroscience

Examination modality
The students will be requested to work in pairs (or at most in groups of three members), with different curricular background. The instructors will suggest a number of recent scientific publications on the topics of the course. Each student group will study a publication of their interest and will deliver a public presentation that illustrates the contribution of that work in the understanding of the mechanisms or neural substrates underlying perceptual priming or perceptual learning. All student groups shall also actively participate in the presentation of others, by offering comments, observations, and opinions on the objects of discussion.

Course material, enrollment and last minute notifications
Made available by the teacher at this Moodle address

22 March 2019, 9:00-11:30
25 March 2019, 14:00-16:30
27 March 2019, 9:00-11:30
29 March 2019, 9:00-11:30

Meeting room of HIT centre, via Luzzatti 4, except for LAB sessions that will take place at the Department of General Psychology.

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