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Centre for Vision and Visual Cognition

About the CVVC

Durham has a long tradition of scientific research into human visual processes. Much of the key research into the control of eye-movements and their role in visual cognition took place in Durham. Visual attention has been studied in Durham for over fifty years with some early and still critically important findings originating from labs in Durham. Durham has been, and continues to be, a centre for neuropsychological research in which work on extremely rare neurological conditions has illuminated mechanisms of colour perception, visual control of action and visual consciousness. More recently, work on vision using neuroimaging techniques has expanded greatly. Our work on vision has always involved many external collaborations and we continue to work with colleagues across the UK and across the world. The centre provides a means of formally recognising this highly active research area within the University and of extending collaboration within the University and across the world.

The Centre aims to:

(i) Encourage high quality research and scholarly activity in the area of human vision and visual cognition by means of regular seminars, lectures and lecture series.

(ii) Attract academic visitors to Durham for lectures, short research visits and visits for more extensive periods. The centre is particularly concerned to attract a strong postgraduate complement.

(iii) Encourage research collaboration through shared use of facilities and joint projects and to continue to build up the range of equipment and techniques available in the research laboratories to investigate visual processes.

(iv) Foster links with industry and with local clinical practitioners (ophthalmologists, optometrists, neurologists, neuropsychologists and clinical psychologists) whose work has a connection with vision.

(v) Provide teaching in this specialised interdisciplinary area which will be developed through undergraduate course modules and possibly in the longer term through specialised postgraduate courses and modules.

Postgraduate study

We are always keen to hear from potential applicants who might want to pursue doctoral work with a member of the CVVC. Take a look at our interests and then get in touch with us.

Find out about the Psychology Department and have a look at the information for prospective Postgraduates

Find out more about Durham University, about being a Postgraduate at Durham and about the Graduate Society.

Centre for Vision and Visual Cognition
Department of Psychology
Science Site
South Road
Durham DH1 3LE
Tel:+44(0)191 3343240

Director: Dr. Robert Kentridge
Centre for Vision & Visual Cognition
Department of Psychology
Science Site
South Road
Durham DH1 3LE
Tel:+44(0)191 3343261
Email:robert.kentridge@durham.ac.uk