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Dr Chris Kent

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.

Research 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