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Professor Iain Gilchrist
Professor Iain Gilchrist
Professor of Neuropsychology
Area of research
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
- Visual cognition
- Visual spatial neglect
I am interested in human visual perception and cognition. My research combines what we see, how we see and the process of looking.
human visionperceptioneye movementsvisual attention
- Bourdeaux, CP, Thomas, MJC, Gould, TH, Malhotra, G, Jarvstad, A, Jones, T & Gilchrist, ID, 2016, Increasing compliance with low tidal volume ventilation in the ICU with two nudge-based interventions: Evaluation through intervention time-series analyses. BMJ Open, vol 6.
- To, MPS, Gilchrist, ID & Tolhurst, DJ, 2015, Perception of differences in naturalistic dynamic scenes, and a V1-based model. Journal of Vision, vol 15., pp. 15.1.19
- Williams, C, Gilchrist, ID, Fraser, S, McCarthy, HM, Parker, J, Warnes, P, Young, J & Hyvarinen, L, 2015, Normative data for three tests of visuocognitive function in primary school children: cross-sectional study. British Journal of Ophthalmology, vol 99., pp. 752-756
- Bompas, A, Sumner, P, Muthumumaraswamy, SD, Singh, KD & Gilchrist, ID, 2015, The contribution of pre-stimulus neural oscillatory activity to spontaneous response time variability. NeuroImage, vol 107., pp. 34-45
- Turton, A, Angilley, J, Chapman, M, Daniel, A, Longley, V, Clatworthy, P & Gilchrist, ID, 2015, Visual search training in occupational therapy: an example of expert practice in community-based stroke rehabilitation. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, vol 78., pp. 674-687
- Höfler, M, Gilchrist, ID & Körner, C, 2014, Searching the same display twice: Properties of short-term memory in repeated search. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, vol 76., pp. 335-352
- Körner, C, Höfler, M, Tröbinger, B & Gilchrist, ID, 2014, Eye movements indicate the temporal organisation of information processing in graph comprehension. Applied Cognitive Psychology, vol 28., pp. 360-373
- Longstaffe, KA, Hood, BM & Gilchrist, ID, 2014, The influence of cognitive load on spatial search performance. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, vol 76., pp. 49-63
- Höfler, M, Gilchrist, ID & Koerner, CJ, 2014, Guidance toward and away from distractors in repeated visual search. Journal of Vision, vol 15., pp. 12
- Asher, MF, Tolhurst, DJ, Troscianko, T & Gilchrist, ID, 2013, Regional effects of clutter on human target detection performance. Journal of Vision, vol 13.
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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