Programming Visual Illusions

New School for Social Research: Psychology

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Majors Only

Programming Visual Illusions

Spring 2020

Taught By: Ben van Buren

Section: A

CRN: 6926

Credits: 3

One of the best things about studying perceptual phenomena is that you can experience them firsthand. You can often test your hypotheses about how the visual system works by creating the relevant displays and simply looking at them! In this course, we will learn how to program several visual illusions and consider what they teach us about the perception of, for example, color, motion, depth, shape, duration, and causation. We will also consider illusions of social perception — i.e. the perception of facial expressions, eye gaze, body movements, and goal-directedness. The lab work in this course will emphasize creativity and experimentation and, for those without prior programming experience, it will serve as a friendly introduction to Python and the PsychoPy libraries. Students may work in a different programming language of their choosing if they prefer.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Psychology (GPSY)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:50am 8/23/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 4:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/21/2020 - 5/5/2020