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Dr Nick Scott-Samuel
Dr Nick Scott-Samuel
BA(Bristol), MSc, PhD(Birm)
Area of research
My research was initially concerned with the visual perception of motion by humans, but I’ve become sidetracked over time by various other things, including the perception of food and drink, camouflage, visual search and the estimation of numerosity.
Recent and current grants
- BBSRC studentship (2007-11). Now you see it, now you don't: camouflage, movement and ecology. Scott-Samuel, Cuthill.
- EPSRC/QinetiQ CASE studentship (2007-11). Animal camouflage. Baddeley, Cuthill, Scott-Samuel, Shohet.
- Alcohol Education and Research Council (2010-2011). Effect of glass shape on drinking rate and drinking topography in social alcohol drinkers. Attwood, Scott-Samuel, Munafo
- DSTL DTC CDE (2012-2013). The effect if standard and adaptive camouflage on perceived speed in neutral and stressful situations. Scott-Samuel, Cuthill, Baddeley, Munafo.
After degrees in Philosophy (BA) at the University of Bristol and Cognitive Science (MSc) at the University of Birmingham, my PhD (supervised by Mark Georgeson at the University of Birmingham) addressed human visual motion processing. I was a postdoc for four years, working first with Andy Smith (at Royal Holloway, University of London) and then with Robert Hess (at McGill University). I was appointed Lecturer in Psychology here in 2001.
I teach on the Level 1 unit "Introduction to Psychological Experiments", the Level 2 units "Perception and Memory" and "Critical Issues", the MSc unit "Issues in Psychology", and the MRes unit "Foundations of Vision". I am the Programme Director for the MRes in Vision Sciences and the Level 1 Undergraduate Coordinator.
PHD students supervised
- Joanna Hall (2008-). Supervisor. Joint supervisors: Roland Baddeley (Experimental Psychology), Innes Cuthill (Biological Sciences), Adam Shohet (QinetiQ).
- Will Allen (2008-). Supervisor. Joint supervisor: Innes Cuthill (Biological Sciences).
- Scott Watkins (2008-). Second supervisor. First supervisor: Roland Baddeley (Experimental Psychology).
- Martin Thirkettle (awarded 2009). Supervisor. Joint supervisor: Chris Benton (Experimental Psychology).
- Jian Li (awarded 2008). Supervisor. Joint supervisors: Chris Benton (Experimental Psychology), Stavri Nikolov (Electrical and Electronic Engineering).
- Tim Jones (awarded 2004). Second supervisor. First supervisor: Tom Troscianko (Experimental Psychology).
- Gillian Porter (awarded 2004). Second supervisor. First supervisor: Tom Troscianko (Experimental Psychology).
- Behavioural studies
visual perceptioncamouflageestimation of number
- Hall, JR, Cuthill, IC, Baddeley, RJ, Shohet, AJ & Scott-Samuel, NE 2013, Camouflage, detection and identification of moving targets. Proceedings of the Royal Society B - Biological Sciences, vol 280.
- Allen, WL, Baddeley, RJ, Cuthill, IC & Scott-Samuel, NE 2012, A quantitative test of the predicted relationship between countershading and lighting environment.. The American Naturalist, vol 180., pp. 762-776
- Attwood, AS, Scott-Samuel, NE, Stothart, G & Munafo, MR 2012, Glass shape influences consumption rate for alcoholic beverages. PLoS ONE, vol 7., pp. -
- Scott-Samuel, N, Baddeley, R, Palmer, C & Cuthill, I 2011, Dazzle camouflage affects speed perception. Plos One, vol 6., pp. 1 - 5
- Allen, W, Cuthill, I, Scott-Samuel, N & Baddeley, R 2011, Why the leopard got its spots: relating pattern development to ecology in felids. Proceedings of the Royal Society London B, vol 278., pp. 1373 - 1380
- Thirkettle, M, Scott-Samuel, N & Benton, C 2010, Form overshadows ‘opponent motion’ information in processing of biological motion from point light walker stimuli. Vision Research, vol 50., pp. 118 - 126
- Ajmal, T, Scott-Samuel, N, Magro, G, Bain, R, Matthews, R, Woodall, C, Jeffreys, H, Davis, A & Gundry, S 2010, E.coli chromogenic reagent selection based on user perception for use in field based water quality tests. 5th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology.
- Fearns, R, Scott-Samuel, N & Leonards, U 2010, Eye tracking of pump rooms (Bath, U.K.).
- Thirkettle, M, Benton, C & Scott-Samuel, N 2009, Contributions of form, motion and task to biological motion perception. Journal of Vision, vol 9., pp. 1 - 11
- Scott-Samuel, N & Leonards, U 2009, Task efficiency mediates the effects of movement in visual search., pp. 43 - 43
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