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AVT 3400 Human Sensation & Perception in Aviation

Examines how the human senses transform stimulus patterns of physical energy into the neural codes that become our perceptions of the world. Vision, audition, smell, taste, touch, balance, and phenomena common to all sensory modalities, such as feature enhancement, inhibition, adaptation, and stages of neural coding will be studied. This course will provide a basis for the understanding of these perceptual capabilities as components in Artificial Intelligence in aviation/aerospace systems.

Division: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Department: Aviation Technology
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: No

Prereqs: AVT 2240 


  • Explain the multi-channel model suggested by Campbell and Robson and the importance of this theory to form perception. Explain the differences between the contrast sensitivity functions of different age groups. Discuss the Gestalt movement and explain how this turn of the century school of thought is relevant to spatial vision and form perception. Compare and contrast the two primary theories developed to explain the robustness of object recognition. Discuss the distinction between visual perception and imagery. Specify the major perceptual aspects involved in reading and discuss the role each process plays in successful reading comprehension.
  • Explain optic flow and discuss how humans seem to use it to safely navigate the environment. Distinguish between two principal types of eye movement. Describe apparent motion and provide an explanation as to how the sensation is produced. Explain what is meant by a motion after effect and the theory proposed for AI.
  • Distinguish between sensory input and perceptual experience, and explain the relationship between the two. Explain the sequential chain of events precipitating perception. Compare and contrast materialism and dualism as two alternative philosophical explanations for perceptual experience and specify the individuals associated with each perspective. Discuss the relationship between perceptual experience and reality.
  • Describe in detail the complete anatomical structure of the human eye. Describe how image formation occurs in the human eye including how the eye achieves optimum image sharpness through accommodation.

Credit Hours: 3

Classroom Hours: 3