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Dr Nick Scott-Samuel
Dr Nick Scott-Samuel
Reader in Visual Perception
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.
For more on my camouflage research, please go to www.camolab.com.
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 Year 2 unit "Cognitive Psychology" and the Year 3 unit "Contemporary Issues in Psychology". I am the Unit Director for "Cognitive Psychology", the School Examinations Officer, and the Deputy Head of School.
PHD students supervised
- Joanna Hall (awarded 2012). Supervisor. Joint supervisors: Roland Baddeley (Experimental Psychology), Innes Cuthill (Biological Sciences), Adam Shohet (QinetiQ).
- Will Allen (awarded 2012). Supervisor. Joint supervisor: Innes Cuthill (Biological Sciences).
- Scott Watkins (awarded 2012). 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
- Bertamini, M, Zito, M, Scott-Samuel, NE & Hulleman, J, 2016, Spatial clustering and its effect on perceived clustering, numerosity, and dispersion. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, vol 78., pp. 1460-1471
- Hogan, BG, Cuthill, IC & Scott-Samuel, NE, 2016, Dazzle camouflage, target tracking, and the confusion effect. Behavioral Ecology, vol 27., pp. 1547-1551
- Hogan, BG, Scott-Samuel, NE & Cuthill, IC, 2016, Contrast, contours and the confusion effect in dazzle camouflage. Royal Society Open Science, vol 3.
- Barnett, JB, Scott-Samuel, N & Cuthill, IC, 2016, Aposematism: balancing salience and camouflage. Biology Letters, vol 12.
- Hogan, B, Cuthill, I & Scott-Samuel, N, 2016, Dazzle camouflage and the confusion effect: the influence of varying speed on target tracking. Animal Behaviour, vol 123., pp. 349-353
- Barnett, J, Redfern, A, Bhattacharyya-Dickson, R, Clifton, O, Courty, T, Ho, T, Hopes, A, McPhee, T, Merrison, K, Owen, R, Scott-Samuel, N & Cuthill, I, 2016, Stripes for warning and stripes for hiding: spatial frequency and detection distance. Behavioral Ecology.
- Hall, JR, Cuthill, IC, Baddeley, RJ, Attwood, AS, Munafo, MR & Scott-Samuel, NE, 2016, Dynamic Dazzle Distorts Speed Perception. PLoS ONE, vol 11.
- Troy, D, Attwood, A, Maynard, O, Scott-Samuel, N, Hickman, M, Marteau, T & Munafo, M, 2016, Effect of glass markings on drinking rate in social alcohol drinkers. European Journal of Public Health.
- Benton, CP, Thirkettle, M & Scott-Samuel, NE, 2016, Biological movement and the encoding of its motion and orientation. Scientific Reports, vol 6.
- Scott-Samuel, NE, Holmes, G, Baddeley, R & Cuthill, IC, 2015, Moving in groups: how density and unpredictable motion affect predation risk. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, vol 69., pp. 867-872
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