Dr David Souto


Lecturer in Psychology

PhD  University of Geneva, Switzerland

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I investigate mechanisms of perceptual stability and visuo-motor interactions during eye movement programming and execution. I am also interested in apparent motion filling-in, a phenomenon which has been related to object-updating and postdictive perception.

I would be interested in supervising research (3rd year dissertations, MSc, PhD) projects in those areas: perception, eye movements, attention, motor control

I am a member of the Vision and Language group.


PS2023 Psychology Practicals B

PS2016 Cognitive Psychology Library Module

PS3022 Visual Cognition

Dissertation module coordinator

Selected publications

Souto, D., Chudasama, J., Kerzel, D., & Johnston, A. (2019). Motion integration is anisotropic during smooth pursuit eye movements. Journal of Neurophysiology, 121(5), 1787-1797 [full-text]

Souto, D., Born, S., & Kerzel, D. (2018). The contribution of forward masking to saccadic inhibition of return. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics [full-text]

Souto, D., Gegenfurtner, K. R., Schütz, A. C. (2016). Saccade adaptation and visual uncertainty. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10:3387, doi:10.3389/fnhum.2016.00227 [full-text]

Schütz, A. C., Souto, D. (2015). Perceptual task induces saccadic adaptation by target selection. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9:566. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00566 [full-text]

Souto, D., & Kerzel, D. (2014). Ocular tracking responses to background motion gated by feature-based attention. Journal of Neurophysiology , 112 (5) 1074-1081; doi:10.1152/jn.00810.2013 [full-text]

Selected conference contributions

Souto, D., Gegenfurtner, K. R., Schütz, A. C. (2016). Local recalibration to background motion during smooth pursuit eye  movements. Paper presented at the Vision Science Society Meeting (VSS), St Petersburg, Florida.

Barrett, D. J. K., Souto, D., Mennerr, T. (2015, August). Attending redundant information increases the precision of visual working memory for complex objects. Paper presented at the European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Liverpool, UK.

Souto, D., Gegenfurtner, K. R., Schütz, A. C. (2015). Saccade adaptation and saccadic suppression of displacement. Paper presented at the Vision Science Society Meeting (VSS), St Petersburg, Florida.

Funding opportunities

German nationals can apply for funding via the Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship for new or experienced postdocs from the Alexander von Humboldt foundation.

I am happy to discuss other funding opportunities.

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