Perception and Sensory Processing

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The perception and sensory processing group uses eye movement tracking, optical coherence tomography (OCT), electrophysiology, psychophysics, virtual reality and computational modelling to investigate human vision and auditory perception from structural, functional, genetic and clinical perspectives.

The clinical section (Irene Gottlob, Frank Proudlock) focuses on the treatment and investigation of nystagmus, a condition which negatively impacts quality of life (including daily tasks such as reading). High-resolution imaging of the eye is providing new insights into foveal development, and the group is pioneering application of these methods in understanding retinal disorders, including achromatopsia, albinism and prematurity.

Visual cognition research is focused on models of visual attention, search, and motion (Claire Hutchinson, David Souto) and depth perception (Phil Duke), as well as visio-spatial memory (Douglas Barrett, Carlo de Lillo). Much of this work involves analysis of eye-movements (Victoria McGowan, Kevin Paterson, David Souto, Sarah White), including in synchrony with EEG measures of underlying activity in the brain (Michael Dambacher) that are key to research in normal reading and its disruption in reading disorders (Kevin Paterson, Sarah White). Auditory research (Ian Forsythe, Douglas Barrett, Martine Hamann, Ben Warren) uses neuroscience and behavioural methods to investigate auditory processing, ion channel function and the activity-dependent plasticity underlying noise-induced deafness and tinnitus.  The influence of aging on all of these visual and auditory functions is also a major focus of research by our group (Victoria McGowan, Claire Hutchinson, Carlo de Lillo, Kevin Paterson, Sarah White).

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