Vision and Language


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 David Souto

Dr Tessa Webb

Dr Phil Duke

Dr Kevin Paterson

Dr Sarah White

2014 research papers

Fuggetta, G. Bennett, M. Duke, P.A. & Young, A.M.J. (2014). Quantitative electroencephalography as a biomarker for proneness toward developing psychosis. Schizophrenia Research. 153 (1-3). 68-77.

Bennett. M., Duke, P.A. & Fuggetta, G. (2014). Event-related potential N270 delayed and enhanced by the conjunction of relevant and irrelevant perceptual mismatch. Psychophysiology. 51(5):456-63

Barrett, DJK. & Zobay, O. (2014). Attentional Control via Parallel Target-Templates in Dual-Target Search. PLoS ONE 9(1): e86848.

Hutchinson, C.V., Walker, J., & Davidson, C. (in press). Oestrogen, ocular function and low-level vision. Journal of Endocrinology

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.

Jordan, T.R., McGowan, V.A., & Paterson, K.B. (2014). Reading with filtered fixations: Age differences in the effectiveness of low-level properties of text within central vision. Psychology and Aging, 29, 229-235.

Jordan, T.R., Almabruk, A.A.A., Gadalla, E.M., McGowan, V.A., White, S.J., Abedipour, L., & Paterson K.B. (2014). Reading direction and the central perceptual span: Evidence from Arabic and English. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 21, 505-511.

McGowan, V.A., White, S.J., Jordan, T.R., & Paterson, K.B. (2014). Aging and the use of inter-word spaces during reading: Evidence from eye movements. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 21, 740-747.

Paterson, K.B., Read J., McGowan, V.A,. & Jordan, T.R. (in press). Children and adults both see “pirates” in “parties”: Letter-position effects for developing readers and skilled adult readers. Developmental Science.

Paterson, K.B., McGowan, V.A., White, S.J., Malik, S., Abedipour, L., & Jordan, T.R. (2014). Reading Direction and the Central Perceptual Span in Urdu and English. PLoS ONE 9(2): e88358.

Wang, J., Tian, J., Han, W., Liversedge, S. P., & Paterson, K. B. (in press). Inhibitory stroke neighbour priming in character recognition and reading in Chinese. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.

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

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

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