Welcome to Psych 3A03 - Audition Print E-mail
This is an upper level Faculty of Science course primarily intended for juniors or seniors in the fields of Biology and Psychology. The course provides an introduction to the biology of hearing and the psychology of auditory perception. The emphasis is on fundamental auditory principles, their underlying physiological mechanisms, and experimental methods used in hearing research. Topics include physical acoustics; sound analysis; structure (neuroanatomy) and function (electrophysiology) of the mammalian auditory system, with an emphasis on the peripheral auditory system; auditory behaviour and perception; and psychophysical measurement and testing.

Wherever possible, the course highlights practical applications of sound and hearing. In-class audio demonstrations and computer animations (visualizations) are used to augment the educational experience. Numerical problem sets with solutions not requiring calculators are used to prepare students for examinations, and also to stress major points of understanding.