Abi Lee: back into research and funded

Today we welcome Abi Lee back from the Eastbio non-academic internship.  And well done on obtaining £1000 conference funding from Amgen, which will support attendance at Vision Sciences Society 2018.

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Paper on effectiveness of counter-shading in different weather is accepted

We have just had a paper accepted, by Royal Society Open Science:

 

Is countershading camouflage robust to lighting change due to weather?

O Penacchio, PG Lovell & JM Harris

 

look out for pre-print here very soon.

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Vision and cricket paper published

We have a new manuscript published on vision in elite and near-elite cricketers:

Vision and visual history in elite-/near-elite level cricketers and rugby-league players (2017)
BT Barrett; JC Flavell; SJ Bennett; AG Cruickshank; A Mankowska; JM Harris; JM Buckley

Sports Medicine – Open

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Paper on visual search and counter-shading camouflage is published

We have just published a paper on visual search and countershading in Scientific Reports:

Establishing the behavioural limits for countershaded camouflage

Olivier Penacchio, P.George Lovell and Julie M. Harris, Scientific Reports, 7, 13672.

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PhD position available for Sept 2018

Attention and camouflage in three dimensions

Supervisors: Julie M. Harris, Søren K. Andersen

Project Description:
Binocular vision is thought to have evolved primarily for the perception of depth and shape. Yet our ability to use two eyes to see depth has also been suggested as a way for predators to ‘break camouflage’, and beat the elegant camouflage that many prey animals display in terms of their patterning and shading. Surprisingly, the extent to which binocular vision does allow camouflage to be broken, and the brain mechanisms used to do so, have been little studied.  There are at least 3 stages involved in breaking camouflage: attend to a location, detect an object is present, use shape and depth to identify the object.  In this project we will explore the first two of these using behavioural and human neuroscience techniques to, for the first time, characterise the importance of depth for the selective attention process.

Email me (jh81@st-andrews.ac.uk) for further information.

Please see this link for full application details.

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Vision and cricket paper accepted

We have a new manuscript accepted for publication on vision in elite and near-elite cricketers:

Vision and visual history in elite-/near-elite level cricketers and rugby-league players (2017)
BT Barrett; JC Flavell; SJ Bennett; AG Cruickshank; A Mankowska; JM Harris; JM Buckley

Sports Medicine – Open

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Explorathon 2017

Members of the group, and several undergraduate volunteers, helped out in our display on 3D vision and animal warning signals, at the Explorathon 2017 evening. Thanks to MUSA for hosting us.

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Paper on countershading accepted

We have just had a paper on visual search and countershading accepted for publication in Scientific Reports:

Establishing the behavioural limits for countershaded camouflage

Olivier Penacchio, P.George Lovell and Julie M. Harris, Scientific Reports, in press.

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Abi Lee starts internship

Abi has started her 3 month non-academic internship with Rexel UK Ltd.  She will be working on e-learning on Product Knowledge.

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ECVP presentations 2017

This week the group are at the European Conference on Visual Perception, in Berlin, presenting work on the following 6 projects:

Tue 29th:

Attending to motion-in-depth modulates fMRI responses in striate and extrastriate visual areas Kaestner, M, Maloney, RT, Bloj, M, Harris, JM, Wade, AR

Wed 30th:

How do we discriminate the speed of looming? Lee, A, Ales, J, Harris, JM

Sensitivity to binocular cues to motion-in-depth in adults with common impairments of binocular vision in childhood. Maloney, RT, Kaestner, M, Bruce, A, Bloj, M, Harris, JM, Wade, AR

Effects of velocity- and position-based cues on horizontal vergence using different forms of motion in depth. Giesel, M, Harris, JM, Yakovleva, A, Wilson, M, Bloj, M, Wade, AR, Norcia, AM

Thur 31st:

How is binocular disparity information used for depth perception? Harris, J

Modelling the design of efficient animal warning signals Penacchio, O, Harris, JM

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