Motion averaging of perceived colour in human vision - PSYC 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: Frederick Kingdom

Supervisor's Email: fred.kingdom [at]

Supervisor's Phone: 5149341934 x35308

Supervisor's Website:

Supervisor's department: Ophthalmology (Associate member Psychology)

Course number: PSYC 396 (Psychology)

Term: Winter 2013-2014

Project start date: Monday, January 6, 2014

Project end date: Friday, April 11, 2014

Project title: Motion averaging of perceived colour in human vision

Project description (50-100 words suggested): An apparent motion sequence of alternating red and green bars often appears as a moving yellow bar. The project will employ psychophysical (behavioural) measurements using normal human test subjects to attempt to determine the mechanism behind this effect. The project will test the following hypotheses: 1. that the effect is due to poor colour temporal resolution; 2. that the effect is due to a process that averages the red and green bars on the grounds that they are assumed to arise from the same object. Thus the project will provide new knowledge about the way in which the human visual system integrates colour information for motion perception.

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): Evaluation of laboratory work= 50%; Final report = 50%.

Project status: This project is taken. The professor has no more '396' projects this term.

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