I’m a Research Associate in Marko Nardini’s lab at Durham University working on a Leverhulme Trust funded project titled “Learning to perceive and act under uncertainty”. Human observers have been shown to behave in a way that is statistically optimal when combining different pieces of sensory information to reduce the variability in their decisions and actions. Children do not show the same type of behaviour until age 10. In our studies, we aim to teach human adults novel sensory cues to study the learning process and ask if statistical optimality comes about through experience and exposure to certain stimuli or if is a developmental landmark.
Before joining Marko’s lab, I completed my PhD in Anya Hurlbert’s lab at Newcastle University. During my PhD studies, my research focused on understanding human colour perception. Colour science is a broad and varied topic. To form a full understanding of how humans see colour we need to understand the physics of light, the physiology and functionality of the human visual system, from the retina to the cortex, and how cognition influences colour perception. The studies that we conducted aimed at probing the limits of human colour constancy, asking how and why individual differences in colour perception arise (such as differences in perception of the blue/black and white/gold dress) and developing computational models that predict colour appearance and colour discrimination ability for different groups of individuals. We were particularly interested in how human observers might utilise prior knowledge of likely illumination colours to aid constant colour perception. We are in the process of writing up these studies and hope to get them published soon. Check the publications tab for updates.
Before joining the Institute of Neuroscience I studied mathematics and statistics and dabbled a bit in geometric group theory research. In case anyone is interested in what we found or would like to build upon it, a copy of my thesis can be found on this website under the heading Subgroups and Wicks Forms.