Key Research Themes

Our goal is to understand human perceptual processing and how the brain integrates information across the different senses (vision, audition, haptics, olfaction, pain). Our expertise on multisensorial information processing is unique in UK.   Our research contributes to innovative health technologies and enhancing well-being.  Research themes are: Visual perception & cognition, pain perception, multisensory integration, speech, aesthetics, and olfaction.

Lab pages for networks and areas:


  • Centre for Medical Imaging Research, University of Bristol (Dr. J. Brooks)
  • Computer Science, University of Anshan, China (Prof. Chanjung Li)
  • Computer Vision Laboratory, University of Barcelona (Dr. Dimos Karatzas)
  • Department of Eye and Vision Science, IACD (Prof. Simon Harding; Dr. Paul Knox; Dr. Anshoo Chaudhary)
  • Flight Lab, Engineering (Dr. Mark White)
  • Flight Laboratory and Virtual Engineering Centre (Daresbury)
  • Human Pain Research Group, University of Manchester (Prof. A. Jones)
  • Medical Sciences, University of Manchester (Dr. Laura Parkes)
  • Neuroscience, University of Parma (Prof. Nicola Bruno)
  • Orthoptics (Anna O’Connor)
  • The Walton Centre (Prof. T. Nurmiko, Dr. B. Frank)

Key Projects

  • Brain-autonomic interactions in fibromyalgia syndrome patients (in collaboration with the Walton Centre; funded by the Pain Relief Foundation)
  • Developing HMap:  A New Method for Quantifying Behavioural Complexity in the Evolution of Manual Skills and Technology  (AHRC with Archaeology)
  • Effects of hunger and satiety on pain (BBSRC)
  • Modelling The 3d Appearance Of Human Facial Skin (Royal Academy of Engineering)
  • Perceptual extrapolation (Lererhulme)
  • Understanding 3D perception and viewing comfort (ESRC and EPRSC)
  • Understanding the cortical network for audio-visual integration  (Wellcome Trust)
  • Visual deficiencies & subcortical changes in Glaucoma (in collaboration with the Department of Eye & Vision Science; Eire & UK Glaucoma Society)
  • Visual preference for novel objects based on symmetry and regularity of shape (Leverhulme and ESRC)

Contribution to Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching:

Psyc105           Brain, Cognition And Behaviour: Cognitive Psychology

Psyc106           Brain, Cognition And Behaviour: Biological Psychology

Psyc202           Perception And Memory

Psyc212           Developmental Psychology

Psyc214           Language And Thought          

Psyc306           Object Recognition And Categorisation

Psyc309           Visual Intelligence    

Psyc317           Psychobiology Of Pain           

Postgraduate Teaching:

Psyc641           Advanced Experimental Methods

Psyc644           Practical Research Skills