Visual Perception and Visual Illusions

About the course

Vision is one of the main ways for us to gather information about the world around us and about ourselves. Thus, studying vision naturally leads to new hypotheses on how cognition works. This way, our course on visual perception will also provide you with knowledge on cerebral mechanisms of vision, sensory systems and, in general, on how the mind and consciousness work.

This course is aimed at everyone who is interested in perceptual psychology, in particular, psychology of visual perception. The course discusses different theoretical approaches to studying vision, introduces the most important concepts and experimental results. The material is selected in such a way that the course is interesting and accessible for both students who study psychology and general audience without special knowledge in this area.

The course includes lectures, presentations and graded tests. Each student will be required to perform a small research project to be submitted by the end of the course.


  1. Introduction.
  2. Physiology of Visual Perception.
  3. Lightness and Contrast.
  4. Colour Peception.
  5. Motion Perception.
  6. Perceptual Illusions.
  7. 3D Vision.
  8. Perception and Art.
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Course's authors:

  • Valeria Karpinskaya
    Candidate of Psychological Sciences, Department of General Psychology

  • Irina Shoshina
    Doctor of Biology, Department of the Problems of Convergence in Natural Sciences and Humanities

  • Almara Kulieva
    Research Engineer, Department of General Psychology

  • Brian Rogers
    Ph. D., Department of General Psychology
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2021 год