Accessibility statement

Aurelio Bruno
Wellcome Trust Research Career Re-entry Fellow



  • 2019 – present, Wellcome Trust Research Career Re-entry Fellow, University of York.
  • 2005 – 2013, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University College London, London, UK.
  • 2002 – 2005, PhD in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences, Universita’ degli Studi di Firenze, Florence, Italy.
  • 1996 – 2001, Laurea in Psychology (Five-year Degree), Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan, Italy.


I was awarded my Ph.D. by the Department of Psychology at the University of Florence, Italy, where I conducted my research under the supervision of Professor Maria Concetta Morrone and Professor David Burr. Upon graduation, I was hired by University College London, where I worked as post-doctoral research fellow for eight years in the Vision Research Laboratory, under the direction of Professor Alan Johnston. I was funded by a £190K research grant (by the Leverhulme Trust) and by a £175K research grant (by the Wellcome Trust), which I obtained as a co-applicant. In 2015, I obtained the National Academic Qualification as Associate Professor in Psychology, Psychobiology and Psychometrics from the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research. In 2019, I was a awarded a Wellcome Research Career Re-Entry Fellowship to work on a project titled "Temporal Aspects of Gaze Perception in Autism" at the Department of Psychology of the University of York.



Visual Time Perception, Eye Movements, Psychophysics, EEG, Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Research Interests

  • My own core specialism is dynamic aspects of visual perception including motion perception, spatial and temporal aspects of vision during eye-movements and the effects of motion on space and time perception.
  • I combine psychophysical experiments with detailed computational models, which can be seen as precise descriptions of psychophysical and neurophysiological theories.
  • My main contributions to date include the investigation and modelling of the mechanisms that allow humans to experience perceptual stability during eye movements and the development of a new theoretical framework for the study of time perception.
  • The latter work represents one of the first attempts to approach the study of how our brain processes time information from a perceptual rather than cognitive perspective.
  • In my current project (funded by the Wellcome Trust and titled "Temporal Aspects of Gaze Perception in Autism"), I aim to conduct a systematic behavioural and electrophysiological investigation of time perception for socially relevant visual stimuli in individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and neurotypical participants.

Research group(s)

Dr Daniel Baker, who is my primary sponsor.


2019 – present, Wellcome Trust Research Career Re-entry Fellowship, "Temporal Aspects of Gaze Perception in Autism" (£282,492).



Selected publications

See also my Google Scholar Profile and York Research Database Profile.

  • Baker DH, Vilidaite G, McClarnon E, Valkova E, Bruno A, Millman RE. Binaural summation of amplitude modulation involves weak interaural suppression. Scientific Reports 2020, 10: 3560. [DOI].

  • Corcoran AW, Groot C, Bruno A, Johnston A, Cropper SJ. Individual differences in first- and second-order temporal judgment. PLoS ONE 2018, 13(2): e0191422. [DOI].

  • Bruno A & Cicchini, GM. Multiple Channels of Visual Time Perception. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences2016, 8:131–139. [DOI].

  • Bruno, A, Ayhan, I & Johnston, A. Changes in apparent duration follow shifts in perceptual timing. Journal of Vision2015, 15(6):2, 1-18. [DOI].

  • Bruno, A, Ng, E & Johnston, A. Motion direction specificity for adaptation-induced duration compression depends on temporal frequency. Journal of Vision2013, 13(12):19, 1-11. ISSN: 1534-7362. [DOI].

  • Ayhan, I, Revina Y, Bruno A & Johnston A. Duration judgments over multiple elements. Frontiers in Psychology 2012, 3 (459): 1-8. [DOI].

  • Bruno, A, Ayhan, I & Johnston, A.  Effects of temporal features and order on the apparent duration of a visual stimulus, Frontiers in Psychology 2012, 3 (90): 1-7. [DOI].

  • Bruno, A, Ayhan, I & Johnston, A. Duration expansion at low luminance levels, Journal of Vision 2011, 11(14):13, 1-13. [DOI].

  • Ayhan, İ, Bruno, A, Nishida, S & Johnston, A. Effect of the luminance signal on adaptation based time compression, Journal of Vision 2011, 11(7):22, 1-17. [DOI].

  • Johnston A, Bruno A & Ayhan I, Retinotopic selectivity of adaptation-based compression of event duration: Reply to Burr, Cicchini, Arrighi, and Morrone,        Journal of Vision 2011, 11(2):21a, 1-3. [DOI].

  • Bruno A & Johnston A. Contrast gain shapes visual time, Frontiers in Psychology2010, 1(170): 1-8. [DOI].

  • Bruno A, Ayhan I & Johnston A. Retinotopic adaptation-based visual duration compression. Journal of Vision 2010, 10(10): 1-18. ISSN: 1534-7362. [DOI].

  • Ayhan, İ, Bruno, A, Nishida, S & Johnston, A. The spatial tuning of adaptation-based time compression, Journal of Vision2009, 9(11): 2, 1-12. [DOI].

  • Johnston A, Bruno, A, Watanabe J, Quansah B, Patel N, Dakin S & Nishida S. Visually-based temporal distortion in dyslexia. Vision Research2008 Aug; 48(17):1852-8. [DOI].

  • Bruno, A & Morrone Mc. Influence of saccadic adaptation on spatial localization: comparison of verbal and pointing reports. Journal of Vision2007 Dec 28; 7(5):16. 1-13. [DOI].

  • Binda P, Bruno A, Burr DC & Morrone MC. Fusion of visual and auditory stimuli during saccades: a Bayesian explanation for perisaccadic distortions. Journal of Neuroscience2007 Aug 8; 27(32): 8525-32. [DOI].

  • Bruno A, Brambati SM, Perani D & Morrone MC. Development of saccadic suppression in children. Journal of Neurophysiology2006 Sep; 96(3):1011-7. [DOI].

  • Melcher D, Crespi S, Bruno A & Morrone MC. The role of attention in central and peripheral motion integration. Vision Research 2004 June; 44(12): 1367-1374. [DOI].

Contact details

Aurelio Bruno
Wellcome Trust Research Career Re-entry Fellow
Department of Psychology
University of York
Room PS/B115

Tel: 01904 323150

External activities


  • Vision Sciences Society, 2006 – present
  • Applied Vision Association, 2005 – present

Editorial duties


  • Journal of Vision
  • Vision Research
  • Journal of Neurophysiology
  • Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
  • Perception
  • PLoS ONE
  • PLoS Biology
  • PLoS Computational Biology
  • Visual Cognition
  • Scientific Reports
  • Developmental Neuropsychology
  • Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
  • Consciousness & Cognition