I’m a Post Doc working with Marko Nardini and Ulrik Beierholm at Durham University. I work on a project investigating the limits of human perception and learning. With new technologies offering the opportunity to enhance human perception, we aim to establish what types of novel cues to perception will be adopted by mature perceptual systems and whether such cues will still be used when native cues are present. If mature perceptual systems are able to adopt novel cues and integrate the information with that gained from native cues, the possible applications are endless. Imagine, for example, a surgeon who can hear their way around the human body when performing keyhole surgery using a novel auditory signal, or a driver who can feel distances to nearby objects using a novel tactile signal, like a vibration. Our project aims to understand how, when, and to what extent such abilities are learnt by studying behavior on novel computer based tasks.
Previously, I completed a PhD in Anya Hurlbert’s lab at Newcastle University on 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.