How do we see and interact with our natural environment? More importantly, what are we sensitive too, and manipulations of the image do we not see? Do certain scenes make you feel calm? We use psychophysics and psychophysiology (i.e., EEG, ECG, eye tracking) to understand how individuals view and engage with their environments. [details here]
How does having a visual impairment impact an individuals quality of life? How do visual impairments impact cognitive assessments? We use simulated visual impairments to understand how vision loss impacts performance on standardized measures of reading, cognitive ability, and hand-eye coordination. We also explore if commonly available technology (e.g., Apple’s iPad) can be used to improve performance. [details here]
Low Vision: Visual function & Functional Vision
We study older adults with visual impairments such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Using retinal imaging and related measures, we aim to improve our understanding of AMD and comorbid conditions, enabling earlier detection and new treatment options. [details here]
Vision and Marketing
We study the effect that visual cues have on our emotions and decision making, and how marketing brands use these cues to influence our decisions. We also are interested in how arousing images can affect the value that we attribute to produces, which we assess using the delayed discounting paradigm. [details here]
How do pilots cope with the stresses of flying planes? We aim to develop tools that support flight crew’s capacity to tackle any challenge the sky can throw at them. To do so, we work with industry and academic partners to develop cutting-edge training programs and improve the design of modern flight decks. [details here]
We investigate the perceptual impact that Dyslexia has on individuals. Using eye-tracking technology, we investigate the patterns of eye movements of individuals while reading, to see is using different fonts (e.g., OpenDyslexic) can affect these eye movements, and improve reading performance. This research aims to facilitate reading in Dyslexics in order to help with day-to-day reading tasks. [details here]
As we move into the 21st Century, the use of technology for erotic purposes is becoming more frequent. Yet for some technology, such as sex robots, there are many questions about their use, perception, legality, and the stigma associated with them. By bringing together ideas from across Psychology and allied fields, the aim is to develop a new field of research, termed erobotics, which addresses the use of this technology from a scientific perspective.
Alcohol and Sex
Many people are aware of proposed ‘beer goggles’ phenomena – that consumption of alcohol leads to the perception of increased beauty and attractiveness in others. Yet the science behind this phenomena is surprisingly lacking, and without much control on the amount of alcohol consumed. In addition, most of the measures used are not scientifically validated. Using psychophysics, eye tracking and thermography, we aim to explore this topic to scientifically explore this issue.