Dr Claire V Hutchinson

Associate Professor

Department of Neuroscience
Psychology and Behaviour
School of Psychology
Henry Wellcome Building
University of Leicester
Lancaster Road
Leicester LE1 9HN

Tel: +44 (0)116 2297183

Email: ch190@le.ac.uk

Personal details

I hold an MA from the University of Aberdeen and a PhD from the University of Nottingham.


  • Introduction to Perception and Cognition (module co-ordinator)
  • Approaches to Psychology
  • Abnormal and Individual Differences
  • Abnormal and Individual Differences Library Module (module co-ordinator)
  • Visual Cognition
  • Evolution, Cognition and Behaviour
  • Undergraduate Dissertations
  • MSc Research Projects

Administrative duties

  • School of Psychology PhD/MPhil Admissions Tutor
  • BSc Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience Admissions Tutor
  • BSc Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience Course Tutor


Journal articles

(32) Wilson, R.L., Paterson, K.B., Hutchinson C.V. (2015). Increased vulnerability to pattern-related visual stress in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Perception, in press

(31) Hutchinson, C.V., Barrett, D.J.K., Nitka, A., Raynes, K. (2015). Action video game training reduces the Simon Effect. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, in press

(30) Swan, E., Hutchinson, C.V., Everard, M., Shimozaki, S.S. (2015). Aging effects in cueing tasks as assessed by the ideal observer: peripheral cues. Journal of Vision, 15(2):5, 1–18.

(29) Hutchinson, C.V., Prados, J., Davidson, C. (2015). Persistent conditioned place preference to cocaine and withdrawal hypo-locomotion to mephedrone in the flatworm planaria. Neuroscience Letters, 593, 19-23.

(28) Aziz, I., Hutchinson, C.V., Maltby, J. (2014). Quality of life of Syrian refugees living in camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. PeerJ, 2:e670.

(27) Hutchinson, C.V., Walker, J., Davidson, C. (2014). Oestrogen, ocular function and low-level vision: a review. Journal of Endocrinology, 223, R1-R11.

(26) Hutchinson, C.V., Maltby, J., Badham, S.P., Jason, L.A (2014). Vision-related symptoms as a clinical feature of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis? Evidence from the DePaul Symptom Questionnaire. British Journal of Ophthalmology, 98, 144-145.

(25) Hutchinson, C.V., Ledgeway, T. Allen, H.A. (2014). The ups and downs of global motion perception: a paradoxical advantage for smaller stimuli in the aging visual system. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 6:199.

(24) Badham, S.P., Hutchinson, C.V. (2013). Characterising eye movement dysfunction in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Graefe’s Archive of Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 251, 2769-2776.

(23) Carey, D.P., Hutchinson, C.V. (2013). Looking at eye dominance from a different angle: Is sighting strength related to hand and foot preference? Cortex, 49, 2542-2552.

(22) Hutchinson, C.V., Stocks, R. (2013). Selectively enhanced motion perception in core video gamers. Perception, 42, 675-677.

(21) Hutchinson, C.V., Badham, S.P. (2013). Patterns of abnormal visual attention in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). Optometry and Vision Science, 90, 607-614.

(20) Arena, A., Hutchinson, C.V., Shimozaki, S.S., Long, M.D. (2013). Visual discrimination in noise: behavioural correlates of age-related cortical decline. Behavioural Brain Research, 243, 102-108.

(19) Hutchinson, C.V., Ledgeway, T., Allen, H.A., Long, M.D., Arena, A. (2013). Binocular summation of second-order global motion signals in human vision. Vision Research, 84, 16-25.

(18) Prados, J., Alvarez, B., Howarth, J., Stewart, K., Gibson, C.L., Hutchinson, C.V., Young, A.M.J, Davidson, C. (2013). Cue competition effects in the planarian. Animal Cognition, 16, 177-186.

(17) Hutchinson, C.V., Arena, A., Allen, H.A., Ledgeway, T. (2012). Psychophysical correlates of global motion processing in the aging visual system: A critical review. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 36, 1266-1272.

(16) Arena, A., Hutchinson, C.V., Shimozaki, S.S. (2012). The effects of age on the spatial and temporal integration of global motion. Vision Research, 58, 27-32.

(15) Simmers, A.J., Ledgeway, T., Hutchinson, C.V., Knox, P.J. (2011). Visual deficits in amblyopia constrain normal models of second-order motion processing. Vision Research, 51, 2008-2020.

(14) Davidson, C., Prados, J., Gibson, C.L., Young, A.M.J., Barnes, D., Sherlock, R., Hutchinson, C.V. (2011). Shedding light on photosensitive behaviour in brown planaria (Dugesia Tigrina). Perception, 40, 743-746.

(13) Hutchinson, C.V., Ledgeway, T. (2010). Temporal frequency modulates reaction time responses to first-order and second-order motion. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 36(5), 1325-1332.

(12) Allen, H.A., Hutchinson, C.V., Ledgeway, T., Gayle, P. (2010). The role of contrast sensitivity in global motion processing deficits in the elderly. Journal of Vision, 10(10):15, 1-10.

(11) Hutchinson, C.V., Ledgeway, T. (2010). Spatial summation of first-order and second-order motion in human vision. Vision Research, 50, 1766-1774.

(10) Ledgeway, T., Hutchinson, C.V. (2009). Visual adaptation reveals asymmetric spatial frequency tuning for motion. Journal of Vision, 9(1):4, 1-9.

(9) Ledgeway, T., Hutchinson, C.V. (2008). Choice reaction times for identifying the direction of first-order and different varieties of second-order motion. Vision Research, 48, 208-222.

(8) Hutchinson, C.V., Ledgeway, T. (2007). Asymmetric spatial frequency tuning of motion mechanisms in human vision revealed by masking. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 48, 3897-3904.

(7) Schofield, A.J., Ledgeway, T., Hutchinson, C.V. (2007). Asymmetric transfer of the dynamic motion after-effect between first and second-order cues and among different second-order cues. Journal of Vision, 7(8):1, 1-12.

(6) Hess, R.F., Hutchinson, C.V., Ledgeway, T., Mansouri, B. (2007). Binocular influences on global motion processing in the human visual system. Vision Research, 47, 1682-1692.

(5) Simmers, A.J., Ledgeway, T., Mansouri, B., Hutchinson, C.V., Hess, R.F. (2006). The extent of the dorsal extra-striate deficit in amblyopia. Vision Research, 46, 2571-2580.

(4) Ledgeway, T. and Hutchinson, C.V. (2006). Is the direction of second-order, contrast-defined motion patterns visible to standard motion-energy detectors: A model answer? Vision Research, 46, 556-567.

(3) Hutchinson, C.V., Ledgeway, T. (2006). Sensitivity to spatial and temporal modulations of first-order and second-order motion. Vision Research, 46, 324-335.

(2) Ledgeway, T., Hutchinson, C.V. (2005). The influence of spatial and temporal noise on the detection of first-order and second-order orientation and motion direction. Vision Research, 45, 2081-2094.

(1) Hutchinson, C.V., Ledgeway, T. (2004). Spatial frequency selective masking of first-order and second-order motion in the absence of off-frequency ‘looking’. Vision Research, 44, 1499-1510.


  • Spatial vision
  • Motion perception
  • Age-related visual decline
  • Visual markers of ‘non-visual’ disorders
  • Visual cognition
  • Comparative (animal) sensory perception


I supervise postgraduate students on a range of research projects. Students interested in studying for a PhD under my supervision should feel free to contact me directly. You can access information about how to apply online.

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