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Dr Ute Leonards

Dr Ute Leonards

Dr Ute Leonards
DiplBiol, Dr rer nat (Mainz)

Reader in Neuropsychology

Area of research

Visual Perception, Attention and Action

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The Priory Road Complex,
Priory Road, Clifton BS8 1TU
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Summary

My main research interests lie in the Cognitive Neurosciences, in particular in the investigation of the neural mechanisms underpinning visual perception and attention, and their dependence on context. The definition of context ranges from visual environment over action, memory (and other executive functions) to personality traits and social interaction. My work covers the investigation of perceptual and attentional changes over the entire life span in healthy volunteers and various groups of neurological and psychiatric patients. Moreover, I am interested in the safe interaction between humans and robots.

Current grants

  • Leonards, U., Haworth, J., Tales, A., & Burn, J. (2012 – 2013). Identifying the causes for increased falls in dementia – a pilot study in healthy older and younger volunteers. (BRACE Charity).
  • Munafo, M., & Leonards, U. (2012). Plain Tobacco Packaging. (University of Bristol; Enterprise and Impact Development Fund; Ref EIDF016)
  • Eder, K., Leonards, U., & Charlesworth, A. (2011-2012). Safe and Trustworthy Autonomous Assistive Robots (STAARs). (University of Bristol~: IAS research workshop scheme)
  • Leonards, U. (2011-2012). Joint attention – a psychology driven approach to solve a major challenge in robotics? (EPSRC additional sponsorship fund for women leadership)
  • Ludwig, C.J.H., Burn, J.F., Leonards, U., & Bull, D.R. (2010-2014). Bristol Vision Institute Laboratory for Perception and Action. (Wellcome Trust Equipment grant WT089367AIA).
  • Harrad, R.A., & Leonards, U. (2010-2011). Binocular interactions in normal vision – a pilot study. (Above and Beyond Charities, Fund 54528)
  • Leonards, U. (2011-2012). Attention deficits in children with traumatic brain injury – linking experimental Psychology, CRIC, and Frenchay/BRI. (University of Bristol: IAS – TNRF)
  • Bauld, L., Hammond, D., Leonards, U., & Munafò, M. (2011). Effects of Plain Packaging on Neural Response to Health Warnings. (Action on Smoking and Health)

Links within Bristol

Collaborations outside Bristol include:

  • Dr Hiroshi Ashida (Kyoto University, Japan)
  • Dr Robert Fearns (Bath Spa University, UK)
  • Professor Tim Meese (Aston University, UK)
  • Dr Mark Hanheide (University of Lincoln , UK)
  • Professor Klaus Oberauer (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Dr Tatsuya Yoshizawa (Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan)
  • Professor Johannes Zanker (Royal Holloway University of London, UK)
  • Dr Daniele Zavagno (Università di Milano-Bicocca, Italy)

Biography

After a degree in biology (Dipl. Biol.) at the University of Mainz, Germany (1985-1991), I worked in research at the Max-Planck-Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt, Germany (1991-1997). I completed a PhD (Dr.rer.nat.) on the interaction of temporal and textural cues in visual perceptual grouping at the University of Mainz in 1994, followed by two post-doctoral periods at the College-de-France in Paris, France (1997-1998), and at the Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium (1998-1999), studying the neuronal basis of visual attention and of oculomotor functions with functional magnetic resonance imaging. Between 1999 and 2003, I held a tenure research position at the Neuroimaging Unit within the Department of Psychiatry, University Hospitals of Geneva, Switzerland. In April 2003, I joined the School of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol.

Teaching

Experimental Psychology:

  • Year 3 Neuropsychiatry
  • Msc Neuropsychology Functional Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience Methods
  • MSc Neuropsychology Research Projects
  • Final year BSc Research Projects

PHD students supervised and co-supervised

  • Ed Rooke 
  • Patrick McGovern
  • Erwin Lopez Pulgarin

Keywords

  • visual perception
  • visual attention
  • vision and action
  • locomotion
  • joint attention and action
  • eye movements
  • neuropsychology
  • ageing
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • schizophrenia
  • traumatic brain injury in children
  • visual psychophysics
  • human - robot interaction
  • functional magnetic resonance imaging
  • EEG

Expertise

My main research interests lie in the Cognitive Neurosciences, in particular the investigation of the neural mechanisms underpinning visual perception and attention, and their dependence on context. The definition of context ranges from visual environment over action, memory (and other executive functions) to personality traits and social interaction. My work covers the investigation of perceptual and attentional changes over the entire life span in healthy volunteers and various groups of neurological and psychiatric patients.

  • visual perception and action
  • visual attention
  • joint attention and action
  • ageing and dementia
  • eye movements
  • human-robot interaction
  • neuropsychology
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