Sensory Systems

Drawing of a human retina on the left and a drawing of the human ear with a cochlear implant on the right.

Illustration of the human retina and a schematic of the auditory system with a cochlear implant. (Image of human retina by MIT OpenCourseWare. Adapted from image by Prof. Peter Schiller. Human ear schematic by NIH Medical arts, courtesy of NIH.)


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Fall 2013



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This course examines the neural bases of sensory perception. The focus is on physiological and anatomical studies of the mammalian nervous system as well as behavioral studies of animals and humans. Topics include visual pattern, color and depth perception, auditory responses and sound localization, and somatosensory perception.

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Peter Schiller, and M. Brown. 9.04 Sensory Systems. Fall 2013. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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