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Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit


Dr Daniel Smith, MSc, PhD

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Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 40436
Room number: E011

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Our senses are constantly flooded with visual, tactile and auditory information, yet we are rarely, if ever, overwhelmed by these experiences. In fact, we only seem to become aware of sensory stimulation when they capture our attention. Much of my research is directed at understanding the mechanisms which determine which sensations enter our awareness, and whether we can use the relationship between attention and awareness to develop more effective therapies for patients who experience deficits of sensation or awareness following brain damage. You can follow my progress @

Research Groups

Department of Psychology

Research Interests

  • Eye-movements and attention
  • Mechanisms of attention and awareness
  • Neurorehabilitation of visual field defects
  • Sports Psychology

Selected Publications

Journal papers: academic

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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Vision / eye movement: Rehabilitation of patients who suffer visual impairments following brain injuries such as Stroke
  • Vision / eye movement: Brain systems used to control attention and awareness

Selected Grants

  • 2011: How does the eye-movement system mediate the formation, retention and recall of visuospatial working memories? ESRC RES-000-22-4457
  • 2011: How does the eye-movment system mediate ..... (£76054.84 from Esrc)
  • 2009: Searching for rewards: Can operant conditioning modulate saccade metrics?. OneNorthEast
  • 2008: Home-based training for patients with visual field deficits. NIHR PB-PG-0407-12038