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Duke University

Visual Perception and the Brain

Duke University via Coursera


Learners will be introduced to the problems that vision faces, using perception as a guide. The course will consider how what we see is generated by the visual system, what the central problem for vision is, and what visual perception indicates about how the brain works. The evidence will be drawn from neuroscience, psychology, the history of vision science and what philosophy has contributed. Although the discussions will be informed by visual system anatomy and physiology, the focus is on perception. We see the physical world in a strange way, and goal is to understand why.


  • Background
  • Seeing Lightness, Darkness and Color
  • Seeing Space
  • Seeing Motion
  • Summing Up

Taught by

Dale Purves



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4.7 rating at Coursera based on 240 ratings

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    JANICE TRUSS completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    An excellent course, topic explained well. I didn't continue the course because it wasn't what I thought it was going to be about.
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