Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour

Vision Sciences

Research in the Vision Sciences group investigates aspects of structural and functional vision across the lifespan and in normative and patient populations, using methods from experimental psychology, ophthalmic science, psychophysics, and cognitive neuroscience

The researchers within the Vision and Language research strand employ a wide range of research methods to investigate aspects of healthy vision and mechanisms underlying eye and brain pathology. These include eye tracking, optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging of the eye, psychophysics, virtual reality, posturography and computational modelling. These methods are employed to investigate vision throughout life, from the earliest stages, even including children born prematurely, through to the processing underlying aging of the visual system.

Visual cognition research is focused on visual attention and perception, search, and motion (Claire Hutchinson, David Souto, Robin Green), depth perception (Phil Duke), visuo-vestibular interactions and their implication for motion perception (Qadeer Arshad), as well as visuo-spatial memory (Douglas Barrett, Carlo De Lillo).

The mechanisms underlying reading, especially eye movement behaviour during reading and changes in reading across the lifespan, are also key areas of interest within the strand (Victoria McGowan, Kevin Paterson, Sarah White).

Clinical research (Irene Gottlob (Emeritus), Frank Proudlock, Mervyn Thomas, Rebecca McLean) focuses on high-resolution imaging of the eye to provide new insights into eye development and disease. The group is pioneering application of these methods in understanding retinal disorders, including achromatopsia, albinism, prematurity and cerebral malaria. This includes use of artificial intelligence to interpret images. The group also researches into the treatment and investigation of nystagmus, an eye movement condition which negatively impacts quality of life and affects daily tasks such as reading.

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