Visual Perception and the Brain
Course explores how what we see is generated by the visual system. Since the eye and brain cannot access the physical properties of the world, it is hard to understand the behavioral success of biological vision. Students learn how the visual system links stimulus patterns with reproductive success without ever recovering real-world properties and without invoking feature detection, image representation in the brain, and probabilistic inference. Course considers in broader terms the relationship between the objective world and subjective human experience. Course delivered in “flipped” format with all lectures assigned as videos and class time devoted entirely to discussion of papers, problems and different perspectives on how the visual brain operates. One course.