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Dr Chris Kent

Dr Chris Kent

Dr Chris Kent
BSc, PhD(Warw)

Senior Lecturer

Office 3D20
The Priory Road Complex,
Priory Road, Clifton BS8 1TU
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+44 (0) 117 928 8552

Summary

My general research interest is in perceptual cognition, with a special interest in the time course of cognition. More specifically, I am interested in the perceptual and memory processes that support a wide range of cognitive tasks. For example, how are perceptually processed objects encoded, stored, and retrieved from memory? An area that particularly interests me is how perceptual encoding processes and retrieval processes interact. I have studied a variety of tasks that seem to involve overlapping (and hence general) cognitive operations, including, identification, categorization, object recognition, perceptual matching, visual search, and memory search. As well as using traditional experimental techniques (including psychophysical, eye tracking, and signal-to-respond methodologies) I develop and use simple mathematical models that embody general processing principles which should offer an account of many perceptual and memory based tasks. I am always looking for strong PhD candidates whose research interests overlap with mine.

Biography

I received my BSc in Psychology from Warwick in 2001. I then completed my PhD at Warwick under the supervision of Professor Koen Lamberts and Professor Gordon Brown, followed by a 3 year postdoc with Koen Lamberts. I moved to Bristol in 2007.

Teaching

I currently teach on:

  • Year 1 Introduction to Research Methods and Research Skills
  • Year 2 Memory and Perception
  • Year 3 Grounded Cognition, and supervise Year 3 project students
  • I am School Postgraduate Exams Officer and Year 3 Coordinator

Collaborators

Outside Bristol

  • James Adelman (Warwick)
  • Duncan Guest (Nottingham Trent)
  • Koen Lamberts (Warwick)
  • Christina Howard (Nottingham Trent)

Keywords

  • Perception - especially visual attention
  • Memory - especially encoding-retrieval interaction
  • Time course of cognition
  • Object recognition/identification/categorization
  • Absolute identification
  • Inverse base-rate effect
  • Mathematical modelling

Expertise

My general research interest is in perceptual cognition, with a special interest in the time course of cognition. More specifically, I am interested in the perceptual and memory processes that support a wide range of cognitive tasks. For example, how are perceptually processed objects encoded, stored, and retrieved from memory? An area that particularly interests me is how perceptual encoding processes and retrieval processes interact. I have studied a variety of tasks that seem to involve overlapping (and hence general) cognitive operations, including, identification, categorization, object recognition, perceptual matching, visual search, and memory search. As well as using traditional experimental techniques (including psychophysical, eye tracking, and signal-to-respond methodologies) I develop and use simple mathematical models that embody general processing principles which should offer an account of many perceptual and memory based tasks.

  • mathematical modelling
  • categorisation
  • time course of cognition
  • memory
  • object recognition
  • absolute identification
  • inverse base-rate effect
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