The Advanced Sensory Science and Topical Techniques course form part of the Post Graduate Certificate in Sensory Science which is run jointly by the University of Nottingham and Campden BRI. It is designed to provide both a fundamental and practical understanding of human sensory perception and the techniques used to examine them.
The course starts with an update on the mechanism of sensory perception and considers aspects of individual variables such as genetic factors, age and gender. This is followed by an introduction to psychophysics, including 'threshold testing' and signal detection theory which underpins the use of d’ and R-index measures. We consider the use of newer ‘labelled magnitude scales’ and temporal measures of sensation including 'time intensity' and 'Temporal Dominance of Sensations' methodologies.
We also look at the relative merits of the ‘Rapid Methods’ now available to sensory scientists and finish by bringing the senses together in consideration of the concept of multimodal perception and interactions between the senses.
This course is particularly relevant to developing scientists who wish to broaden their experience and understanding of the varying roles played by psychophysics, perception and physiology in sensory science.
The course can be taken as a stand-alone training course but can also form part of the PGCert in Sensory Science (at the University of Nottingham) or postgraduate award in Agrifood.
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Areas covered will include:
Individual variation in perception
An introduction to psychophysics
Evaluating methods for threshold testing
Signal detection theory, d' and R-index
Temporal methods including temporal dominance of sensations
Rapid methods for profiling
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