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Merseylune Seminar  

The initiative was started by Prof. Galina Paramei, a vision scientist from Liverpool Hope University.

The series is intended to bring together the Cognitive Psychology & Neuroscience community of the three Liverpool universities and the universities not distant from Merseyside on occasions when renowned colleagues from abroad give their talks. Currently the initiative of Liverpool Hope University is joined by Schools of Psychology at the University of Liverpool (Dr. Marco Bertamini), Liverpool John Moores University (Prof. Andy Tattersall), Lancaster University (Prof. Padraic Monaghan), University of Central Lancashire (Prof. Linden Ball) and Edge Hill University (Dr. Motonori Yamaguchi).

One of the main aims of the seminar series is to consolidate research activity of Cognitive Psychologists of Merseyside and North-West England around a research seminar of excellence, with invitation of world-leading experts in the field of Cognitive Science reporting on their studies at frontiers of the discipline.

       

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Forthcoming Events

Previous Meetings

Wednesday 12th October 2016

Edge Hill University
St. Helens Road, Ormskirk, L30 4QP

Professor Frederick Verbruggen (University of Exeter)

For further information please contact:
Dr. Motonori Yamaguchi (Yamagucm@edgehill.ac.uk)
or Prof. Galina Paramei (parameg@hope.ac.uk)

 

Tuesday 20th January 2015

The story behind the smile: face blindness and the Mona Lisa

For centuries, the Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smile has puzzled art critics and psychologists alike.

However, a guest lecture from Professor Christopher Tyler from the Smith Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, California, is set to add a new perspective to the debate.

After considering historical reasons for why the lady is smiling so diffidently, and why da Vinci was left in possession of the painting for the rest his life, Professor Tyler will discuss the mechanisms of face perception and present a study of global influences in face processing that shed light on the quality of the expression captured by the painting.

In general, face perception is treated as a two-dimensional image processing capability.

However, Professor Tyler’s consideration of prosopagnosia or ‘face blindness’ shows that it is characterized by specific difficulties with recognition of three-dimensional faces rather than a loss in two-dimensional face processing capability per se.

Object processing, segmentation, representation and memory – all of which are required for three-dimensional face processing - will be under discussion.

Dr Tyler will argue that this three-dimensional aspect of face processing, though well recognised in art, is a largely unacknowledged (and uncontrolled) aspect in the field of psychology, but is of key importance in both psychophysical and functional imaging studies.

Seminar host: Professor Christopher Tyler

Wednesday 13th March 2013

Seeing Object Colours in Context

Prof Anya Hurlbert, University of Newcastle, UK

MerseyLune Seminar Professor Anya Hurlbert

MerseyLune Seminar Professor Anya Hurlbert

Prof Anya Hurlbert graduated from Princeton University, USA, with a BA in Physics, followed by a Part III Diploma in Theoretical Physics and MA in Physiology from Cambridge University, Massachusetts, where she held a Marshall Scholarship. She received a PhD in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from MIT and an MD from Harvard Medical School. After holding a Vision Research Fellowship at Oxford University, UK, she moved to the Medical School at the University of Newcastle in 1991, where she is Professor of Visual Neuroscience and founding Director of the Institute of Neuroscience.


She is currently Scientist Trustee of the National Gallery, London.


Seminar host: Dr. Sophie Wuerger, Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, University of Liverpool

 

14th November 2012

Prof Luca Bonatti, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

MerseyLune Seminar Event Flyer

Luca Bonatti’s research is in reasoning, language learning, imagination of physical events and infant cognition.

Luca received his "laurea" in Philosophy of Language at the University of Milan, Italy, under the supervision of Andrea Bonomi. His PhD in Philosophy of Mind is from Rutgers University, USA, under the supervision of Jerry Fodor. Luca has been professor at the University of Nantes and the University of Paris VIII, France, and research associate at the International School of Advanced Studies. Also, he has been visiting professor at the University of Budapest, Hungary, University of the Balearic Islands, Spain, and at New York University, USA. Currently Luca is iCrea Professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, where he leads the RICO (Reasoning and Infant Cognition) group: http://psy.ck.sissa.it/perso/perso.html

Seminar host: Prof. Padraic Monaghan, Psychology Department, Lancaster University

 

18th January 2012

Prof. Cees van Leeuwen, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Flyer: MerseyLune Seminar (Cees van Leeuwen)     

Dr. Andrey Nikolaev , RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan

Flyer: MerseyLune Seminar (Dr. Andrey Nikolaev)    

Organisers: Prof. Michael Ziessler & Prof. Galina Paramei , host: Liverpool Hope University

Prof. Cees van Leeuwen established the Laboratory for Perceptual Dynamics at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan in 2001. The laboratory combines psychophysical methods, recording of electrical brain activity (EEG) and eye movements in humans, with computational modelling: http://www.brain.riken.jp/en/. Currently, the laboratory is moving from Japan to the University of Leuven, funded by an Odysseus grant from the Flemish Organization of Scientific Research FWO. Cees van Leeuwen is editor of two scientific journals and has published well over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals over the last 20 years. During this period, he has been working to establish a theoretical understanding of perception and visual awareness based in rigid experimentation and the tools of complex systems theory. 

Dr. Andrey Nikolaev is a researcher from the Laboratory for Perceptual Dynamics in RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan. He is doing experimental studies combining psychophysical methods with recording of the electrical brain activity (EEG) and eye movements in humans. The main question of his works is how perceptual and cognitive processes are reflected in the electrical brain activity. Andrey approaches this problem from two directions. On the one hand he studies metastable dynamics of on-going and evoked electrical brain activity from the point of view of complex system theory. He developed the methods for detection of spatio-temporal patterns of EEG phase synchrony. These methods were used to reveal relationships between the intervals of quasi-stable EEG phase synchrony and task demands, stimulus information, individual characteristics. On the other hand Andrey studies event-related potentials in various psychological conditions. He is interested in mid-level vision, e.g., perceptual grouping, visual processing of form and colour, as well as high-level interferences: Stroop and Garner effects, and change blindness. He also has carried out research on the relationship between perception and action and on audio-visual integration.

 

25th May 2011

Prof. Charles Spence , Oxford University, UK

Flyer: MerseyLune Seminar Charles Spence  

Organiser: Dr. Peter Walker, host: University of Lancaster

Professor Charles Spence is the head of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory at the Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University. He is interested in how people perceive the world around them.

In particular, how our brains manage to process the information from each of our different senses (such as smell, taste, sight, hearing, and touch) to form the extraordinarily rich multisensory experiences that fill our daily lives. His research focuses on how a better understanding of the human mind will lead to the better design of multisensory foods, products, interfaces, and environments in the future. His research calls for a radical new way of examining and understanding the senses that has major implications for the way in which we design everything from household products to mobile phones, and from the food we eat to the places in which we work and live.

Over the years, Charles has consulted for a number of multinational companies advising on various aspects of multisensory design, packaging, and branding. He has also conducted research on human-computer interaction issues on the Crew Work Station on the European Space Shuttle. Charles and his group are currently working on problems associated with the design of foods that maximally stimulate the senses (together with Heston Blumenthal, chef of The Fat Duck restaurant in Bray). His group also has a very active line of research on the design of auditory, tactile, and multisensory warning signals for drivers and other interface operators (together with Toyota). Charles is also interested in the effect of the indoor environment on mood, well-being, and performance (together with ICI).

Charles has published more than 350 articles in top-flight scientific journals over the last 15 years. Charles has been awarded the 10th Experimental Psychology Society Prize, the British Psychology Society: Cognitive Section Award, the Paul Bertelson Award, recognizing him as the young European Cognitive Psychologist of the Year, and, most recently, the prestigious Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany, not to mention the 2008 IG Nobel prize for nutrition, for his groundbreaking work on the ‘sonic crisp’!

 

19th January 2011

Dr. Helen Ross , University of Stirling, UK

Flyer: MerseyLune Seminar Helen Ross  

Dr. Helen Ross is an acclaimed psychologist known for her excellent studies on optical-perceptual illusions. Her latest studies and publications are on the Moon Illusion, the topic in which she is considered the world leading expert (Ross H.E. & Plug C., The Mystery of the Moon Illusion: Exploring Size Perception, Oxford University Press, 2002).

A long-standing research focus of Dr. Ross was and is on distortion of perception in unusual environments, in particular the perception and performance of divers under water and weight and mass perception in high and low gravity environments, such as the human centrifuge, parabolic flight and Spacelab (Ross H.E., Behaviour and Perception in Strange Environments, Allen & Unwin, 1974).

Organiser: Prof. Galina Paramei ; host: Liverpool Hope University.

 

 

23rd September 2010

Prof. Baingio Pinna, University of Sassari, Italy

Flyer: MerseyLune Seminar Baingio Pinna  

Prof. Pinna is a renowned vision scientist working in the field of Colour perception and Visual pattern recognition. He is 2009 recipient of the Wolfgang Metzger Award for his paper “New Gestalt Principles of Perceptual Organization: An Extension from Grouping to Shape and Meaning”. Prof. Pinna is the author of several well-known optical illusions, in particular the watercolour illusion and the Pinna illusion of rotating motion (www.scholarpedia.org/article/Watercolor_illusion ) (www.scholarpedia.org/article/Pinna_illusion ).

Organiser: Prof. Galina Paramei ; host: Liverpool Hope University.

 

6th July 2010

Prof. Simon Eickhoff, University Hospital Aachen, Germany

Flyer: MerseyLune Seminar Simon Eickhoff  

Prof. Eickhoff is the expert in functional brain imaging and structure-function mapping whose cytoarchitectonic maps of the human cortex are used worldwide for anatomical localisation. Currently he collaborates with Dr. Stefan Vogt (University of Lancaster) on brain imaging of imitative actions.

Organiser: Dr. Stefan Vogt; host: University of Lancaster.

 

25th March 2010

Prof. Bruce Bridgeman, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

Flyer: MerseyLune Seminar Bruce Bridgeman  

Prof. Bridgeman is the world leading expert in studying eye movements and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Consciousness and Cognition. Based on and around his talk, a special issue on attentional blindness of the journal Perception is currently being planned, with Prof. Bridgeman, Prof. Paramei and Dr. M. Bertamini serving as its guest editors.

Organiser: Dr. M. Bertamini; host: University of Liverpool. 

 

7th May 2009

Prof. Ehtibar N. Dzhafarov, Purdue University, USA.

Flyer: MerseyLune Seminar Ehtibar Dzhafarov  

Prof. Dzhafarov is one of the leading mathematical psychologists. His research areas are Subjective topology and geometry of stimulus spaces derived from discrimination and categorization functions; Abstract psychophysics of detection, discrimination, and categorization; General theory of subjective dissimilarity and subjective distance, and, broader, Measurement in behavioural sciences.

Organiser: Prof. Galina Paramei ; host: Liverpool Hope University. 

 

Overview

Merseylune Seminar  

The initiative was started by Prof. Galina Paramei, a vision scientist from Liverpool Hope University.

The series is intended to bring together the Cognitive Psychology & Neuroscience community of the three Liverpool universities and the universities not distant from Merseyside on occasions when renowned colleagues from abroad give their talks. Currently the initiative of Liverpool Hope University is joined by Schools of Psychology at the University of Liverpool (Dr. Marco Bertamini), Liverpool John Moores University (Prof. Andy Tattersall), Lancaster University (Prof. Padraic Monaghan), University of Central Lancashire (Prof. Linden Ball) and Edge Hill University (Dr. Motonori Yamaguchi).

One of the main aims of the seminar series is to consolidate research activity of Cognitive Psychologists of Merseyside and North-West England around a research seminar of excellence, with invitation of world-leading experts in the field of Cognitive Science reporting on their studies at frontiers of the discipline.

       

Liverpool John Moores Logo   Liverpool Hope Logo      University of Liverpool Logo       Lancaster Logo   UCLAN Logo Edge Hill Logo

  

     

Forthcoming Events

Previous Meetings

Wednesday 12th October 2016

Edge Hill University
St. Helens Road, Ormskirk, L30 4QP

Professor Frederick Verbruggen (University of Exeter)

For further information please contact:
Dr. Motonori Yamaguchi (Yamagucm@edgehill.ac.uk)
or Prof. Galina Paramei (parameg@hope.ac.uk)

 

Tuesday 20th January 2015

The story behind the smile: face blindness and the Mona Lisa

For centuries, the Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smile has puzzled art critics and psychologists alike.

However, a guest lecture from Professor Christopher Tyler from the Smith Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, California, is set to add a new perspective to the debate.

After considering historical reasons for why the lady is smiling so diffidently, and why da Vinci was left in possession of the painting for the rest his life, Professor Tyler will discuss the mechanisms of face perception and present a study of global influences in face processing that shed light on the quality of the expression captured by the painting.

In general, face perception is treated as a two-dimensional image processing capability.

However, Professor Tyler’s consideration of prosopagnosia or ‘face blindness’ shows that it is characterized by specific difficulties with recognition of three-dimensional faces rather than a loss in two-dimensional face processing capability per se.

Object processing, segmentation, representation and memory – all of which are required for three-dimensional face processing - will be under discussion.

Dr Tyler will argue that this three-dimensional aspect of face processing, though well recognised in art, is a largely unacknowledged (and uncontrolled) aspect in the field of psychology, but is of key importance in both psychophysical and functional imaging studies.

Seminar host: Professor Christopher Tyler

Wednesday 13th March 2013

Seeing Object Colours in Context

Prof Anya Hurlbert, University of Newcastle, UK

MerseyLune Seminar Professor Anya Hurlbert

MerseyLune Seminar Professor Anya Hurlbert

Prof Anya Hurlbert graduated from Princeton University, USA, with a BA in Physics, followed by a Part III Diploma in Theoretical Physics and MA in Physiology from Cambridge University, Massachusetts, where she held a Marshall Scholarship. She received a PhD in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from MIT and an MD from Harvard Medical School. After holding a Vision Research Fellowship at Oxford University, UK, she moved to the Medical School at the University of Newcastle in 1991, where she is Professor of Visual Neuroscience and founding Director of the Institute of Neuroscience.


She is currently Scientist Trustee of the National Gallery, London.


Seminar host: Dr. Sophie Wuerger, Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, University of Liverpool

 

14th November 2012

Prof Luca Bonatti, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

MerseyLune Seminar Event Flyer

Luca Bonatti’s research is in reasoning, language learning, imagination of physical events and infant cognition.

Luca received his "laurea" in Philosophy of Language at the University of Milan, Italy, under the supervision of Andrea Bonomi. His PhD in Philosophy of Mind is from Rutgers University, USA, under the supervision of Jerry Fodor. Luca has been professor at the University of Nantes and the University of Paris VIII, France, and research associate at the International School of Advanced Studies. Also, he has been visiting professor at the University of Budapest, Hungary, University of the Balearic Islands, Spain, and at New York University, USA. Currently Luca is iCrea Professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, where he leads the RICO (Reasoning and Infant Cognition) group: http://psy.ck.sissa.it/perso/perso.html

Seminar host: Prof. Padraic Monaghan, Psychology Department, Lancaster University

 

18th January 2012

Prof. Cees van Leeuwen, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Flyer: MerseyLune Seminar (Cees van Leeuwen)     

Dr. Andrey Nikolaev , RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan

Flyer: MerseyLune Seminar (Dr. Andrey Nikolaev)    

Organisers: Prof. Michael Ziessler & Prof. Galina Paramei , host: Liverpool Hope University

Prof. Cees van Leeuwen established the Laboratory for Perceptual Dynamics at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan in 2001. The laboratory combines psychophysical methods, recording of electrical brain activity (EEG) and eye movements in humans, with computational modelling: http://www.brain.riken.jp/en/. Currently, the laboratory is moving from Japan to the University of Leuven, funded by an Odysseus grant from the Flemish Organization of Scientific Research FWO. Cees van Leeuwen is editor of two scientific journals and has published well over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals over the last 20 years. During this period, he has been working to establish a theoretical understanding of perception and visual awareness based in rigid experimentation and the tools of complex systems theory. 

Dr. Andrey Nikolaev is a researcher from the Laboratory for Perceptual Dynamics in RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan. He is doing experimental studies combining psychophysical methods with recording of the electrical brain activity (EEG) and eye movements in humans. The main question of his works is how perceptual and cognitive processes are reflected in the electrical brain activity. Andrey approaches this problem from two directions. On the one hand he studies metastable dynamics of on-going and evoked electrical brain activity from the point of view of complex system theory. He developed the methods for detection of spatio-temporal patterns of EEG phase synchrony. These methods were used to reveal relationships between the intervals of quasi-stable EEG phase synchrony and task demands, stimulus information, individual characteristics. On the other hand Andrey studies event-related potentials in various psychological conditions. He is interested in mid-level vision, e.g., perceptual grouping, visual processing of form and colour, as well as high-level interferences: Stroop and Garner effects, and change blindness. He also has carried out research on the relationship between perception and action and on audio-visual integration.

 

25th May 2011

Prof. Charles Spence , Oxford University, UK

Flyer: MerseyLune Seminar Charles Spence  

Organiser: Dr. Peter Walker, host: University of Lancaster

Professor Charles Spence is the head of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory at the Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University. He is interested in how people perceive the world around them.

In particular, how our brains manage to process the information from each of our different senses (such as smell, taste, sight, hearing, and touch) to form the extraordinarily rich multisensory experiences that fill our daily lives. His research focuses on how a better understanding of the human mind will lead to the better design of multisensory foods, products, interfaces, and environments in the future. His research calls for a radical new way of examining and understanding the senses that has major implications for the way in which we design everything from household products to mobile phones, and from the food we eat to the places in which we work and live.

Over the years, Charles has consulted for a number of multinational companies advising on various aspects of multisensory design, packaging, and branding. He has also conducted research on human-computer interaction issues on the Crew Work Station on the European Space Shuttle. Charles and his group are currently working on problems associated with the design of foods that maximally stimulate the senses (together with Heston Blumenthal, chef of The Fat Duck restaurant in Bray). His group also has a very active line of research on the design of auditory, tactile, and multisensory warning signals for drivers and other interface operators (together with Toyota). Charles is also interested in the effect of the indoor environment on mood, well-being, and performance (together with ICI).

Charles has published more than 350 articles in top-flight scientific journals over the last 15 years. Charles has been awarded the 10th Experimental Psychology Society Prize, the British Psychology Society: Cognitive Section Award, the Paul Bertelson Award, recognizing him as the young European Cognitive Psychologist of the Year, and, most recently, the prestigious Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany, not to mention the 2008 IG Nobel prize for nutrition, for his groundbreaking work on the ‘sonic crisp’!

 

19th January 2011

Dr. Helen Ross , University of Stirling, UK

Flyer: MerseyLune Seminar Helen Ross  

Dr. Helen Ross is an acclaimed psychologist known for her excellent studies on optical-perceptual illusions. Her latest studies and publications are on the Moon Illusion, the topic in which she is considered the world leading expert (Ross H.E. & Plug C., The Mystery of the Moon Illusion: Exploring Size Perception, Oxford University Press, 2002).

A long-standing research focus of Dr. Ross was and is on distortion of perception in unusual environments, in particular the perception and performance of divers under water and weight and mass perception in high and low gravity environments, such as the human centrifuge, parabolic flight and Spacelab (Ross H.E., Behaviour and Perception in Strange Environments, Allen & Unwin, 1974).

Organiser: Prof. Galina Paramei ; host: Liverpool Hope University.

 

 

23rd September 2010

Prof. Baingio Pinna, University of Sassari, Italy

Flyer: MerseyLune Seminar Baingio Pinna  

Prof. Pinna is a renowned vision scientist working in the field of Colour perception and Visual pattern recognition. He is 2009 recipient of the Wolfgang Metzger Award for his paper “New Gestalt Principles of Perceptual Organization: An Extension from Grouping to Shape and Meaning”. Prof. Pinna is the author of several well-known optical illusions, in particular the watercolour illusion and the Pinna illusion of rotating motion (www.scholarpedia.org/article/Watercolor_illusion ) (www.scholarpedia.org/article/Pinna_illusion ).

Organiser: Prof. Galina Paramei ; host: Liverpool Hope University.

 

6th July 2010

Prof. Simon Eickhoff, University Hospital Aachen, Germany

Flyer: MerseyLune Seminar Simon Eickhoff  

Prof. Eickhoff is the expert in functional brain imaging and structure-function mapping whose cytoarchitectonic maps of the human cortex are used worldwide for anatomical localisation. Currently he collaborates with Dr. Stefan Vogt (University of Lancaster) on brain imaging of imitative actions.

Organiser: Dr. Stefan Vogt; host: University of Lancaster.

 

25th March 2010

Prof. Bruce Bridgeman, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

Flyer: MerseyLune Seminar Bruce Bridgeman  

Prof. Bridgeman is the world leading expert in studying eye movements and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Consciousness and Cognition. Based on and around his talk, a special issue on attentional blindness of the journal Perception is currently being planned, with Prof. Bridgeman, Prof. Paramei and Dr. M. Bertamini serving as its guest editors.

Organiser: Dr. M. Bertamini; host: University of Liverpool. 

 

7th May 2009

Prof. Ehtibar N. Dzhafarov, Purdue University, USA.

Flyer: MerseyLune Seminar Ehtibar Dzhafarov  

Prof. Dzhafarov is one of the leading mathematical psychologists. His research areas are Subjective topology and geometry of stimulus spaces derived from discrimination and categorization functions; Abstract psychophysics of detection, discrimination, and categorization; General theory of subjective dissimilarity and subjective distance, and, broader, Measurement in behavioural sciences.

Organiser: Prof. Galina Paramei ; host: Liverpool Hope University.