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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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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Abi Lee at Summer School

Abigail Lee is taking part in the Amsterdam Summer School on brain and mind.

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Sutton Trust Perception Lecture

Today Julie gave a lecture as part of the St. Andrews University Sutton Trust Summer School, to students interested in studying Psychology at University.  Her lecture was entitled: Perception, more than meets the eye?

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Collaboration on material perception: Leverhulme Grant

The Leverhulme Trust has awarded a three-year grant to the University of Aberdeen for the project “Handle with care: Material properties in Vision and Action Control”, directed by Constanze Hesse,  in collaboration with Julie Harris and Martin Giesel. The project will start at the beginning of next year and aims to develop and test an action-based approach to measuring human perception of material properties.

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