Dr Soazig Casteau, MSc, PhD, FHEA
My research is at the intersection between psychology and neuroscience, I am interested in the properties of the saccadic system trying to establish a low level approach to study the underlying processes guiding eye movements in simple and complex visual scenes.
Main research interests and methods
- Spatial and temporal properties of visually guided saccadic eye-movements.
- Experimental cognitive psychology: Interactions between cognitive processes, visual perception, attention and working memory.
- Voluntary and automatic attentional guidance, covert and overt attention, motor programming.
- Eye tracking (Eyelink II, Eyelink 1000, Dual Purkinje Image Eye-tracker, Cambridge Research System).
- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
Experimental psychology Society (EPS)
Women in Science Database (WISDATABASE)
R-Ladies Global Organization
Department of Psychology
- Casteau, S., Vitu, F. & Walker, R. (2016), Is the remote distractor effect on saccade latency greater when the distractor is less eccentric than the target?, in Casteau, S., Vitu, F. & Walker, R. eds, 45: 39th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP). Barcelona, Spain, Perception, 27.
- Casteau, S., Hathaway, J., Ellison, A. & Smith, D.T (2018). Do the eye-movement system and the arm-movement system contribute independently to attentional orienting: a TMS study. 41st European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Trieste, Italy, Perception.
- Casteau, S., Vitu, F. & Walker, R. (2017). Can the Cortical Magnification Factor account for the latency increase in the Remote Distractor Effect when the distractor is less eccentric than the target?. 19th European Conference on Eye Movements, Wuppertal, Germany, Journal of Eye Movement Research.
- Casteau, S. & Walker, R. (2015). The spatio-temporal modulation of saccades in a double-step paradigm. 18th European Conference on Eye Movements, Vienna, Austria, Journal of Eye Movement Research.
- Adeli, H., Casteau, S., Vitu, F. & Zelinsky, G. (2014). An image-based population model of human saccade programming in the Superior Colliculus Journal of Vision 14 (10), 1215-1215.
- Vitu, F., Casteau, S., Massendar, D. & van der Linden, L. (2014). How the distorted representation of visual space in our brain constrains the way we move our eyes.
- Vitu, F. & Casteau, S. (2013). Population averaging in the distorted map of the superior colliculus: A new and simple account of systematic saccadic undershoot. The Vision Science Society meeting, Naples, Florida, Journal of Vision.
- Casteau, S. & Vitu, F. (2013). When to move the eyes: Re-examining alternative accounts in light of human behavioral data. 17th European Conference on Eye Movements, Lund, Sweden, Journal of Eye Movement Research.
- Casteau, S. & Vitu, F. (2011). Enhanced fixation activity reduces remote-distractor and global effects. 16th European Conference on Eye Movements, Marseille, France, Journal of Eye Movement Research.
- Casteau, S. & Vitu, F. (2011). Investigating the role of intra-collicular excitatory connections in the generation of vertical saccades: A Human behavioural study. The Vision Science Society meeting, Naples, Florida, Journal of Vision.
- Casteau, S. & Vitu, F. (2011). Mapping the distribution of neural activity in humans’ oculomotor centres: A behavioural study. 16th European Conference on Eye Movements, Marseille, France, Journal of Eye Movement Research.
- Casteau, S. & Vitu, F. (2011). The uncertainty of target location: A tool to explore the neural mechanisms involved in the computation of vertical saccades in humans. 11th European Conference on Visual Perception, Toulouse, France, Perception.
- Casteau, S. & Vitu, F. (2010). An attempt to generate vertical saccades with pairs of contralateral stimuli. 33rd European Conference on Visual Perception, Lausanne, Switzerland, Perception.
- Casteau, S. & Smith, D.T. (2020). Covert Attention Beyond the Range of Eye-movements: Evidence for a Dissociation between Exogenous and Endogenous orienting. Cortex 122: 170-186.
- Casteau, S & Smith, D.T. (2019). Associations and Dissociations between Oculomotor Readiness and Covert Attention. Vision 3(2): 17.
- Smith, D.T. & Casteau, S. (2019). The effect of offset cues on saccade programming and covert attention. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 72(3): 481-490.
- Vitu, F., Casteau, S., Adeli, H., Zelinsky, G. & Castet, E. (2017). The magnification-factor accounts for the greater hypometria and imprecision of larger saccades: Evidence from a parametric human-behavioral study. Journal of Vision 17(4:2): 1-38.
- Tandonnet C., Casteau S. & Vitu F. (2013). On the limited effect of stimulus boundaries on saccade metrics. Journal of Vision 13(12): 1-11.
- Casteau, S. & Vitu, F. (2012). On the effect of remote and proximal distractors on saccadic behavior: A challenge to neural-field models. Journal of Vision 12(12): 1-33.
- 2015: Experimental Psychology Society Grindley Grant (£ 500) Grant obtained to attend the European Conference on Eye Movements, ECEM, Vienna
- 2015: Experimental Psychology Society small grant (£ 2,500) (co-PI) Project title: What modulates temporal and spatial programming of a saccadic eye movement: investigating the effect of an irrelevant distractor in a visual scene.
- 2013: Fondation Fyssen Postdoctoral Fellowship (€ 50,000) Project title: Identifying the basic neural mechanisms of the generation of saccadic eye movement in Humans: Behavioral and neuro-imaging approaches.
- 2008: PhD Grant (€ 59,400) French Ministry Higher Education, Research and Innovation
- 2007: Master's degree award (€ 4,052) Region P.A.C.A. (Provence Alpes Côtes d'Azur), France