How do we see the environment around us?
I'm a lecturer and vision science researcher in the Department of Psychology at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. I previously held postdoctoral appointments at at the University of Minnesota (with Prof. Dan Kersten and Assoc. Prof. Cheryl Olman) and the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco (with Prof. Alex Wade). I completed my PhD at the University of Sydney, Australia (with of Prof. Colin Clifford).
My primary research interest is in understanding how we perceive the world—what are our visual capacities and how are they realised in the brain. To investigate this, we show human observers particular patterns on computer screens and ask them to make judgements about what they see. Often, the observers do this while inside an MRI scanner, which allows us to gather snapshots of the distribution of activity levels within their brain while they're perceiving such patterns. The overall goal of such research is to understand how the patterns of light are communicated in the brain to allow our perception of the visual environment.