MIT 9.04 Sensory Systems, Fall 2013

This course examines the neural bases of sensory perception. The focus is on physiological and anatomical studies of the mammalian nervous system as well as behavioural studies of animals and humans. Created by MIT OpenCourseWare .

Average Course Length

37.5 hours

Skill Level


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1: Introduction, the visual system
2: Basic layout of the visual system and the retina
3: The lateral geniculate nucleus and the visual cortex
4: The ON and OFF channels
5: The Midget and Parasol systems
6: Adaptation and color
7: Depth perception
8: Form perception
9: Illusions and visual prosthesis
10: The neural control of visually guided eye movements 1
11: The neural control of visually guided eye movements 2
12: Motion perception and pursuit eye movements
13: Review: The visual and oculomotor systems
14: Sound: External, middle and inner ears
15: Hair cells
16: Auditory nerve; psychophysics of frequency resolution
17: Cochlear nucleus: Tonotopy, unit types and cell types
18: Hearing loss; demo by Sheila Xu, cochlear implant user
19: Descending systems and reflexes
20: Sound localization 1: Psychophysics and neural circuits
21: Sound localization 2: Superior olivary complex and IC
22: Auditory cortex 1: Physiology and sound localization
23: Auditory cortex 2: Language; bats and echolocation