Graduated from Edinburgh in neuroscience and then moved to UCL as a Wellcome Prize Student to study visual neurophysiology. He was awarded a PhD from the department of psychology at the University of Nottingham before taking up a position as a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of St Andrews. In 2006 he took a lectureship in psychology at the University of Hull before moving to the University of York in July 2011. Current research investigates the brain mechanisms underlying perception of motion, human actions and social stimuli.
My current research is into the mechanisms of action perception. I am interested in how the visual system and mirror neuron system interact enabling us to perceive, understand and make predictions about the actions and behaviour of other people. We are investigating several important questions including: 1. Is our perception of other people’s actions accurate? 2. Can we use Virtual Reality to investigate neural processing mechanisms during simulated real-life experiences? 3. How do we integrate information from multiple sensory modalities to better understand other individuals, and which brain areas are involved? 4. How is action perception changed by our immediate perceptual experience, and how do visual processing mechanisms help us predict future actions? 5. Can we improve perception of human behaviour in professionals?
We use a range of different techniques including immersive Virtual Reality (VR), psychophysics and neuroimaging and compare results with single-unit data from non-human primates. We aim to elucidate the relationship between the function of cellular mechanisms and the perception of human action.
I would be very happy to hear from potential PhD students who are interested in studying high level perception particularly the perception of actions and human behaviour, the function of the mirror neuron system and multisensory integration. Techniques include: visual psychophysics, human behavioural testing, eye-tracking, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), electroencephalography (EEG), full-field immersive Virtual Reality (VR) and fMR-adaptation, in both typically developing individuals as well as some clinical populations (e.g. Individuals with Autism).