PS1061: Sensation and Perception 2010
Coursework Essay Instructions
Course co-ordinator: Johannes M. Zanker, email@example.com, (Room 214)
The topic relates to the everyday experince of a large number of people, which therfore has a huge relevance for Psychology and society in general: It was estimated that in 2004 mor than 30 Million suffered from some kind of hearing loss (Kochkin 2005). There is a wide range of possible causes for hearing impairments, and understanding the basic mechanisms of hearing and their malfunction offers opportunities for biological/pharmacological, technical and behavioural interventons, which are intended to enable affected individuals to manage their impairment (Steel 2000).
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Think about some interesting questions that you may want to include in your essay, such as (starting points for further reading are given in brackets ):
Dont worry, you dont need to answer all of these questions, a 1500 word essay certainly can only scratch the surface. At some point you should, however, define what hearing impairments are. You will also should describe how hearing loss is assessed (see main textbook). What are the main consequences for an individual living with a hearing loss (here some self-help websites may be helpful, such as http://www.hearinglossweb.com/res/hlorg/shhh/shhh.htm)? Consider what social and ethical questions arise from interventions, and the consequences of neglecting or refusing treatment. At the end, you could write a summary paragraph to evaluate the question what (if anything) we can learn from hearing loss about the general importance of using sensory systems...
The basic framework fro this essay is covered in the lecture on the 28th of October, and can be found on the lecture webpage (http://www.pc.rhul.ac.uk/staff/J.Zanker/PS1061/L5/PS1061_5.htm). Starting from the lecture material, the best way forward is to read the chapters on hearing in the main textbook (Zanker 2010) and/or Goldstein (2007), and collect infromation and ideas that can be relevant for your essay. The you can move on to other sources, som of which ar listed below, to gain deeper understanding of some more specific issues. When you search the internet fro additional material, make sure that you always end up with reliable sources (i.e. material published in academic journals that you can include as references).
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last update 27-10-2010