[visionlist] PhD in motion perception at Cardiff University

Tom Freeman freemant at Cardiff.ac.uk
Wed Mar 15 21:16:42 GMT 2006

3-year PhD studentship, Cardiff University Perception Group.

Working alongside Dr Tom Freeman (Psychology) and Dr Tom Margrain (Optometry),
the successful candidate will investigate visual motion sensitivity during eye
movement. The PhD aims to develop novel methods for assessing motion sensitivity
in active observers, with an emphasis on investigating motion perception as a
function of age. Potential lines of enquiry include: Eye-movement accuracy and
variabilty as a function of age and visual clutter; Physical and neural limits
to motion sensitivity during pursuit. Results will be cross-referenced with
major clinical indices. There may also be an opportunity to carry out studies in
the new brain-imaging facility CUBRIC.

Applications are invited from anyone holding or expecting to hold a good honours
degree (2.1 or equivalent) in a relevant subject (e.g. Psychology, Optometry,
Neuroscience, Computer Science, Physics). Closing date for applications is May
1st 2006.

Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Tom Freeman (freemant at cardiff.ac.uk).

The Perception Group at Cardiff University has excellent research facilities
contained within new, purpose-built labs equipped with state-of-the-art
technology. Currently the permanent members of staff include:

Tom Freeman (visual psychophysics and activity)
Alex Holcombe (visual cognition / temporal integration)
Michael Lewis (face perception)
Simon Rushton (locomotion / interceptive action)
Krish Singh (fMRI, MEG, motion perception)
Robert Snowden (visual psychophysics, attention)
Petroc Sumner (visual psychophysics, colour)
John Culling (auditory psychophysics)

Further information can be found at:

The School of Psychology is one of the largest and most successful in the UK. It
was recently awarded a 5* (maximum) rating in the UK research assessment
exercise. It is soon to open its own brain-imaging centre CUBRIC, enhancing the
international-leading research in behavioural neuroscience, perception, health,
cognition, social and developmental psychology. The School of Optometry and
Vision Sciences has a similar high-calibre research profile (go to  for further

Cardiff is the youngest capital city in Europe and one of the fastest growing in
the UK . It plays host to many national and international sporting events at the
Millennium Stadium . Culturally, the city is thriving, with the Millennium
Centre recently opened in the newly-developed Cardiff Bay. Cardiff is in very
close proximity to the beautiful Welsh countryside, has a two hour rail link to
London and a (cheap) one hour air link to Paris and Amsterdam.

School of Psychology
School of Optometry
Brain-imaging (CUBRIC)
City and surroundings

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