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The Vision and Language Group comprises a number of researchers working on key questions across vision science, from how low-level visual information is encoded in biological systems to how this information is used as a basis for encoding and understanding written language. We use a range of techniques including psychophysics, electrophysiology, computational modeling and eye movement recording to study sensory and cognitive processing in the brain from the level of individual neurons to the behaviour of the organism as a whole.

With colleagues in the Department of Ophthalmology, we are members of the  Vision Group in the Sensory Processing Research Strand of the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology.

The group supports an active community of postgraduate researchers working on a variety of topics. Informal enquiries about postgraduate study are most welcome.  For volunteer opportunities please see information about volunteers.

Academic Staff

Dr Doug Barrett

Dr Claire Hutchinson

Dr Steve Shimozaki

Dr Sarah White

Dr Phil Duke

Dr Kevin Paterson

Dr David Souto

Dr Tessa Webb

2013-2014 research papers

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

Badham, S.P and 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.

Carey, D.P. and 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.

Harold, GT., Leve, LD., Barrett, D., Elam, K., Neiderhiser, JM., Natsuaki, MN., Shaw, DS., Reiss, D., & Thapar, A. (2013). Biological and rearing mother influences on child ADHD symptoms: revisiting the developmental interface between nature and nurture. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 54(10), 1038-1045.

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

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

Hutchinson, C.V., Maltby, J., Badham, S.P. and 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.

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

Jordan, T.R., Almabruk, A.A.A., Gadalla, E. M., McGowan, V.A., White, S.J., Abedipour, L., & Paterson K.B. (in press). Reading Direction and the Central Perceptual Span: Evidence from Arabic and English. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

McGowan, V.A., White, S.J., Jordan, T.R., & Paterson, K.B. (in press). Aging and the use of inter-word spaces during reading: Evidence from eye movements. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

Paterson, K.B., McGowan, V.A., & Jordan, T.R. (2013). Aging and the control of binocular eye movements during reading. Psychology and Aging, 28, 789-795.

Paterson, K.B., McGowan, V.A., & Jordan, T.R. (2013). Filtered text reveals adult age differences in reading: Evidence from eye movements. Psychology and Aging, 28, 352-364.

Paterson, K. B., McGowan, V. A., & Jordan, T. R. (2013).  Effects of adult aging on reading filtered text: Evidence from eye movements. PeerJ 1:e63 http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.63

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

Reichle, E.D., Liversedge, S.P., Drieghe, D., Blythe, H.I., Joseph, H.S.S.L., White, S.J., & Rayner, K. (2013). Using E-Z Reader to examine the concurrent development of eye-movement control and reading skill.  Developmental Review, 33, 110-149.

Schütz, A. C., Kerzel, D., & Souto, D. (2014). Saccadic adaptation induced by a perceptual task. Journal of Vision, 14(5):4, 1-19. doi: 10.1167/14.5.4

Souto, D., & Kerzel, D. (2013). Like a rolling stone: Naturalistic visual kinematics facilitate tracking eye movements. Journal of Vision, 13(2), 1-12.

Souto, D. & Kerzel, D. (in press). Ocular tracking responses to background motion gated by feature-based attention. Journal of Neurophysiology.

Research Students

Ms Elizabeth Bryant

Mrs Eleanor Swan

Ms Victoria McGowan

Mr Tochukwu Onwuegbusi

Mr Sandeep Parwaga

Ms Laura Lantz

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