Perception in Virtual Worlds: Experiments in Design and Psychology

New School for Social Research: Psychology

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Graduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
Fall 2024
Taught By: Colleen Macklin and Ben van Buren
Section: A

CRN: 17030

Credits: 3

This course will explore the interplay between perceptual psychology and the design of interactive systems and games. Students from psychology and design will learn a variety of useful concepts from perception research and interactive design, including how to make interactive digital games and experiences. Together, we will explore questions such as: how do humans perceive the world? How do our interactions in games reveal underlying systems? How is “intelligence” perceived in artificial agents? And how do we understand each other through perceptual cues? We’ll develop experiments using simple programming environments and tools (Javascript/Python and Unity) to study how people interact with, perceive and understand artificial worlds. While some experience in these tools and programming languages will be helpful for this course, it is not necessary, as long as there is a willingness to learn the basics. *Open to NSSR Psychology students. Students from other divisions and programs, including Lang College, may register for the psychology section only after receiving permission from Ben van Buren. Parsons students must register for the PSAM section of the course.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Psychology (PSY)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 9

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Waitlist*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 3:06am EDT 7/13/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 1109
Date Range: 8/27/2024 - 12/3/2024