Perception, Action and Cognition Research Group

Life-changing Research

Research in a broad range of issues including visual motion processes, emotion and memory, and the visual processing in dyslexic, autistic and neurological populations.

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What are we Doing?

Staff in the group investigate the way that humans perceive, make sense of, and respond to our natural and social surroundings. Research topics include vision, attention, memory, emotion, reasoning, sleep, language, and motor control in both healthy and neurological populations. The group is well equipped for a wide variety of studies including traditional psychophysics, Neuropsychological testing, mobile and lab’ based eye-tracking (Tobii, Eyelink, VSG), EEG, TMS (Medtronic MagPro), functional transcranial Doppler sonography, physiological recording (BioPac) and transcranical direct current stimulation.


Why is it important?

Understanding how human brain Understanding the human brain is one of the greatest challenges facing 21st century science. If we can rise to the challenge, we can gain profound insights into what makes us human, develop new treatments for brain disease and build revolutionary new computing technologies. Today, for the first time, modern ICT has brought these goals within sight.function is one of the greatest challenges facing 21st century science. The research will enable us to gain profound insights into what makes us human, develop new solutions for patients and aging population, and build revolutionary artificial intelligence technologies. 


How are we different?

The group has strong collaborative links with internal and external researchers including in the Schools of Life Science, Computer Science and the Lincoln Institute of Health. Staff have successfully attracted external funding from the British Academy, EPSRC, ESRC, Nuffield Foundation, Royal Society, Home Office and Innovate UK.





Academic Staff

Kun Guo Reader
Petra Pollux Senior Lecturer
Andrea Pavan Lecturer
Dr Frouke Hermens Senior Lecturer 
Garry Wilson Principal Lecturer 
George Mather Professor of Vision Science
John Hudson Senior Lecturer
Kyla Pennington Lecturer
Louise O'Hare Lecturer
Patrick Bourke Senior Lecturer
Simon Durrant Senior Lecturer
Timothy Hodgson Professor of Psychology
Dr Kay Ritchie Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology
Professor Martin Tovee Head of School of Psychology
Dr Robert Lee Reseach Fellow
Dr Kevin Butler Research Fellow
Dr Robin Kramer Lecturer in Psychology
Dr Emile van der Zee Principal Lecturer
Dr Kirstin McKenzie Senior Lecturer
Dr Matt Craddock Lecturer in Psychology

Research PGs 

Catia Caeiro PhD Student
Federica Menchinelli PhD Student
Filippo Ghin Associate Lecturer
Kristel Klaus PhD Student
Marcus Harrington  PhD Student
Flora Ioannidou Associate Lecturer
Shem Williams PhD Student
Nadia Maalin PhD Student
Sophia Mohamed PhD Student

Visual Perception of Movement

Professor George Mather, School of Psychology

This research tests the theory of "action speaking louder than words", by applying vision science to social situations. Professor George Mather seeks to understand how the human form affects our visual judgement of movement, leading to greater appreciation of how we interact with others.