[visionlist] Postdoctoral Position: Neural mechanisms of steering and controlling collisions

David Field d.t.field at reading.ac.uk
Wed Jan 25 10:50:27 GMT 2006

Applications are now being invited for a 3 year postdoctoral position in the
Action Research Laboratory at Reading University, UK, beginning in April
2006. Initial salary will be in the range £22289 to £26470 depending on


The Action Research Laboratory (ARL) http://www.rdg.ac.uk/arl/ conducts
research on active human behaviours such as the control of steering during
locomotion and associated eye-movements as well as judgements of impending
collision is tasks such as ball catching or driving. Studies are based
around using 3D simulations (virtual environments) to explore the use of
visual and non-visual cues in pseudo-naturalistic settings.  


The EPSRC funded project (Wann/Field/Wilkie) will use fMRI to explore the
neural correlates of the perception of approaching objects (time to
collision, time to passage, whether an approaching object will strike the
observer). The second part of the project will investigate neural correlates
of heading perception and the control of steering. Some behavioural work
will also be involved in developing paradigms for the scanner. Both research
themes are currently in progress at the ARL


The most important skills, of which candidates should possess at least one

      Either, generating 3D stimuli with OpenGL or DirectX

      or, acquiring and analysing functional imaging data


The following would also be desirable     

      Experience with stereo displays in virtual environments or in an
imaging setting (the ARL is acquiring an MRI compatible stereo

      Experience of measuring eye movements (The lab has an ASL504 Desk-
mounted Eyetracker)

      Experience in maintaining web pages or willingness to learn


The successful candidate will be involved in the research process, from
experimental design through to writing up results for publication. Informal
enquiries are encouraged, and should be sent to David Field
(d.t.field at rdg.ac.uk).




Dr David Field

Department of Psychology

University of Reading





+44 118 3785004 office

+44 118 3786715 fax





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