Dr Claire V Hutchinson


Research group: Vision and Language
Email: ch190@le.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)116 229 7183
Office: Room 333a (MSB)


I received an MA(Hons) in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen in 2002 and a PhD from the University of Nottingham in 2005. My thesis title was ‘First-order and second-order motion processing in human vision’. From 2005 until 2007, I was a research fellow in the Visual Neuroscience Group at the University of Nottingham. I joined the School of Psychology at the University of Leicester as a lecturer in 2007.

Research Interests

I study human and animal vision and cognition. My principal research interests are: spatial vision, motion perception, visual cognition, age-related visual decline, visual correlates of ‘non-visual’ illnesses, amblyopia.

I supervise postgraduate students on a range of research projects. Students interested in studying for a PhD under my supervision can learn more about how to apply via the following link: http://www2.le.ac.uk/study/research/phd/psychology/phd/phd.

Previous research students: Michael Long (MRes), Amanda Arena (PhD), Kerry Raynes (MRes)

Current research students: Izaddin Aziz (PhD), Hacer Belen (PhD), Eleanor Swan (PhD), Rachel Wilson (MPhil)

Recent Publications

My publications from 2013/14 are given below. A full list can be found here.

  • Hutchinson, C.V., Walker, J., Davidson, C. (2014). Oestrogen, ocular function and low-level vision. Journal of Endocrinology, 223, R9-R18.
  • 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: Article 199.
  • 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.
  • Hutchinson, C.V., Maltby, J., Badham, S.P., Jason, L.A (2013). 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
  • .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.
  • Hutchinson, C.V., Stocks, R. (2013). Selectively enhanced motion perception in core video gamers. Perception, 42, 675-677.
  • Hutchinson, C.V., Badham, S.P. (2013). Patterns of abnormal visual attention in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). Optometry and Vision Science, 90, 607-614.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


I teach at all levels of the undergraduate psychology curriculum. My teaching duties for this academic year (2014/15) are given below.

  • PS1010: Introduction to Perception and Cognition (module co-ordinator)
  • PS1014: Approaches to Psychology
  • PS2005: Abnormal and Individual Differences
  • PS2015: Abnormal and Individual Differences Library Module
  • PS2016: Cognitive Psychology Library ModulePS3022: Visual Cognition
  • PS3026: Evolution, Cognition and Behaviour
  •  PS2008/09/15: Undergraduate Dissertations 

 Adminstrative Duties

I hold a number of other roles in the School of Psychology. These are as follows.

  • School of Psychology PhD/MPhil Admissions Tutor
  • BSc Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience Admissions Tutor
  • BSc Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience Course Tutor
  • Year 1 Tutor
  • Vision and Language Research Group Lead

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