'Do colour and luminance contrast interact in human vision?' - PSYC 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: Kathy T. Mullen

Supervisor's Email: kathy.mullen [at] mcgill.ca

Supervisor's Phone: 514 934 1934 x 34757

Supervisor's Website: http://www.mvr.mcgill.ca/Kathy/kmullen_home.html

Supervisor's department: Psychology; Ophthalmology

Course number: PSYC 396 (Psychology)

Term: Summer 2013

Project start date: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Project end date: Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Project title: Do colour and luminance contrast interact in human vision?

Project description (50-100 words suggested): There are two distinct physical sources of information in the visual mage: the black and white variations (luminance contrast) and the wavelength variations (color contrast). The extent to which these are carried in separate neural pathways in the human visual system or combined into common neural responses is not yet fully understood. In this project, you will test human vision in experiments designed to reveal whether the responses to color and luminance contrast are independent or whether they show visual interactions, with one affecting the ability to see the other. You will use psychophysical methods, with visual stimuli presented on monitors to test human visual responses.

Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): The final grade will be based on the final written research report of a of minimum 10 pages plus data figures (@ 50%), laboratory performance as evaluated by the research supervisor (@ 40%), and an informal oral presentations of the results to the other lab members (@10%).

Other project information: Involves using computers and testing your own vision and that of 3-4 other subjects.

Project status: This project is taken; however students may contact the professor to discuss other possible '396' projects this term.

How students can apply: Bring a printed copy of this application form and your advising transcript to me during office hours. Email me first with details, and mention that you saw this site.

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves human subjects.