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Professor Iain Gilchrist

Professor Iain Gilchrist

Professor Iain Gilchrist
B.Sc.(Dunelm.), Ph.D.(Birm.)

Professor of Neuropsychology

Area of research

Visual exploration

Office 3D23
The Priory Road Complex,
Priory Road, Clifton BS8 1TU
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My research is focused on how humans gather information about their visual environment. Vision provides information so that we can interact with the world but that information is often not immediately available. As a result we have to sample the world to find the goal relevant information. This sampling involves a range of motor systems including eye, arm, head, and whole body movements and is a decision making process. One major focus of our work has been to understand how and why we move our eyes to sample the world, another is the mechanisms that support human foraging.

Recent and current grants

  • Making decisions in an unstable world. EPSRC (2011-2015).
  • The neural basis of response time variability. BBSRC Research Development Fellowship (2010-2013)
  • Scanpaths when viewing faces. NWO & ESRC Bilateral Grant Scheme (2008-2012).
  • Human Attention and Machine Learning. Cognitive Systems Foresight & EPSRC (2007-2010).
  • Natural dynamic scenes and human vision. EPSRC (2007-2010).
  • Modelling sequential effects in saccadic choice. The Wellcome Trust (2006-2009).
  • The development of strategies for searching and navigating through space. MRC (2005-2008).


I took my first degree in Psychology (BSc) at the University of Durham (1989-1992) and then studied for a PhD at the University of Birmingham (1992-1995). I then worked as a Research Associate at the University of Durham (1995-1998). I joined the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol as Lecturer in Neuropsychology in 1998, became Reader in 2002 and Professor in 2007.

I am a member of the: Experimental Psychology Society, Applied Vision Association and British Ocular Motor Group.  I am a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and an Associate Member of The Centre for Vision and Visual Cognition, University of Durham.


Currently I supervise a range of graduate students.

PHD students supervised

  • James Storey
  • Mathew Asher
  • Kate Longstaffe
  • David Nickerson


  • Active Vision
  • Decision making
  • Eye-movements
  • Eye-tracker
  • Neuropsychology
  • Visual cognition
  • Visual spatial neglect
  • fMRI
  • MEG
  • Cognition


I am interested in human visual perception and cognition. My research combines what we see, how we see and the process of looking.

  • human vision
  • perception
  • eye movements
  • visual attention
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    Recent publications

    View complete publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

    Networks & contacts

    • Prof. John Findlay - University of Durham
    • Dr Monika Harvey - University of Glasgow
    • Dr Eugene McSorley- University of Reading
    • Prof. Krish Singh - Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre
    • Dr. Petroc Sumner - University of Cardiff
    • Prof. Jan Theeuwes - Vije University Amsterdam

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