Perception, action and consciousness (5cr)

 

 

Code: 
570527
Teacher: 
Language: 
English
Year: 
2020/2021
Course: 
Master courses
Speciality: 
Psychology
Credits: 
5.00
Start / End: 
14/10/2020 - 16/12/2020
Semester: 
1st
Schedule: 
Wednesdays, 15:30 - 18:30
Location: 
Seminari del Departament de Psicologia Bàsica. Facultat de Psicologia UB
Goals: 
This course introduces main theoretical and methodological accounts to study automatic and voluntary decision-making processes, from the encoding of states of the world, optimality principles in perception and action to sequential action and probabilistic reasoning.
Structure and Contents: 
1. Block I:: Automatic and voluntary action control
1.1. Sensorimotor and cognitive decision-making
1.2. Language and action control
1.3. Relational reasoning and probabilístic inferences 
2. Block II: Decision theory and optimal motor control
2.1. The Statistical Decision Theory Framework in Perception and Action
2.2. Prediction in the sensory and motor systems
3. Block III: Discussion of selected papers
Assessment: 
Exam at the end of each block (Block I: 40%: Block II: 20%)
Class activities, including paper presentation and discussion (40%)
Re-evaluation
Exam at the end of the course (100%)
Bibliography: 
Braver, T. S. (2012). The variable nature of cognitive control: a dual mechanisms framework. Trends in cognitive sciences, 16(2), 106-113.
de la Malla, C., & López-Moliner, J. (2015). Predictive plus online visual information optimizes temporal precision in interception. Journal of experimental psychology: human perception and performance, 41(5), 1271.
Körding, K. P. and Wolpert, D. M. (2004). Bayesian integration in sensoriomotor learning. Nature, 427:244–247.
Kording, K. (2007). Decision theory: what "should" the nervous system do?  Science, 318(5850):606–610.
Ernst, M. O. and Banks, M. S. (2002). Humans integrate visual and haptic information in a statistically optimal fashion. Nature, 415:429–433.
Haggard, P. (2008). Human volition: towards a neuroscience of will. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 9(12), 934-946.
Tubau, E., Hommel, B., and López-Moliner, J. (2007b). Modes of executive control in sequence learning: from stimulus-based to plan-based control. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 136:43–63.
Tubau, E. and López-Moliner, J. (2009). Knowing what to respond in the future does not cancel the influence of past events. PLoS ONE, 4(5):1–6.