Eugene McSorley Lab


Active Vision means that in order to fully understand how we see we must consider vision in terms of the things we do, the actions we take. We do not passively process our environment in order to then act upon it rather we actively interact with our visual environment and interrogate it by moving our eyes to explore it. This has dramatic effects on how we perceive.

Work in the lab concentrates on understanding the links between vision and action: what are the active processes which underlie vision and action selection? What can this tell us about how we process visual information and operate in our visual environments? We do this, primarily, by examining people’s eye movements as they select a target from a number of other potential targets. This can be in situations as diverse as Consumer Behaviour, examining Art or the exploration of basic visual displays.  We have a number of eye trackers which can

Target selection processes involve the dynamic interaction of external information and internal goal states. It involves the use of vision and visual attention; perceptual choice and decision making (neuroeconomics); emotions and aesthetics; memory; and show effects of age and nutrition. We are currently involved in a number of projects exploring the impact of these.


Research Interests

Biographical Details

After reading for my first degree in Psychology (BSc 1st Class) at University of Stirling, my PhD, supervised by Prof. John Findlay at University of Durham, looked at anisotropies in the integration of spatial frequency information. I was a postdoc for 5 years, working with Prof. John Findlay at Durham for 3 years looking at saccadic and vergence eye movements, and then, continuing this general line of research, with Prof. Robin Walker at Royal Holloway University of London for 2 years. I was appointed as a Lecturer at University of Reading in 2004 and promoted to Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in 2011.

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