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Matthew Foxwell
Research Trainee



  • IFF Research, Research Executive, 2018-2019
  • MSc Psychological Research Methods, University of Lincoln, 2016
  • BSc Psychology, University of Lincoln, 2018

Departmental roles

  • Graduate teaching assistant



The role of real-world statistics in the representation of scene parts and objects


Perceiving natural environments is a challenging task for the human visual system. Almost any natural scene, such as our workplace or living room, contains dozens of separable objects that need to be perceived simultaneously. This research project focuses on how the natural scene structure contributes to efficient scene and object perception. A key question therein concerns how the typical arrangements of objects across a scene (e.g., the typical arrangement of objects across our office workspace) allows the visual system to represent multiple simultaneous objects in smart ways.

To answer this question, the project will use a variety of research methods, including experimental psychophysics, EEG recordings, fMRI-based neuroimaging, and deep neural network modeling. By combining these methods, it aims at a multi-faceted characterization of how the visual brain represents visual content, such as objects and scenes in accordance with real-world statistic


  • Dr Daniel Kaiser



  • Brain and Behaviour (Tutorials)
  • Perception and Cognition (Tutorials)


Selected publications

Pavan, A., Contillo, A., Ghin, F., Foxwell, M. J., & Mather, G. (2019). Limited Attention Diminishes Spatial Suppression From Large Field Glass Patterns. Perception48(4), 286-315.

Contact details

Matthew Foxwell
Research Trainee
Department of Psychology
University of York
Room PS/B/214