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Professor John Findlay

Emeritus Professor in the Department of Psychology
Director, Centre for Vision and Visual Cognition


My research focuses on human visual attention and eye movements. When we are using vision, we are constantly moving our eyes to look at different parts of the visual world. How does the brain/mind decide what to look at next? The answers emerging to this question bridge the gap between brain and mind by bringing together knowledge of the brain processes involved in eye movement control with more cognitive descriptions of the visual process. Recent work has included discovering similarities between the processes which segment the visual world and those that direct the eyes and investigating the way in which the two eyes co-operate to move rapidly to new locations at different distances from the observer.

Topics currently under study are the control of eye movements during search for visual targets in both artificial and natural situations, eye movement patterns when looking at faces eye movements and attentional control in patients with brain damage and eye movement control when viewing virtual reality like displays.

Research Interests

  • Eye movements and visual attention in visual perception
  • Perception of objects and scenes
  • Perceptual and cognitive factors involved in interactions with graphical displays
  • Picture scanning and visual search tasks
  • The relationship between central and peripheral vision

Selected Publications

Authored book

Book review

Chapter in book

  • Findlay, J.M. (2005). Covert attention and saccadic eye movements. In Neurobiology of Attention. Itti, L., Rees, G. & Tsotsos, J. London New York: Academic Press. 114-117.
  • Findlay, J.M. & Gilchrist, I.D. (2005). Eye guidance and visual search. In Cognitive Processes in Eye Guidance. Underwood G. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 259-281.
  • J. Hyönä&, R. Radach & H. Deubel (2003). Eye movements and visual information processing. In The Mind’s Eye: Cognitive and Applied Aspects of Eye Movement Research. Amsterdam: Elsevier. 143-155.
  • M. Jenkin & L.R. Harris (2001). Visual attention: the active vision perspective. In Vision and Attention. New York: Springer-Verlag. 83-103.

Conference Proceeding

  • Gilchrist, I.D., Brown, V., Findlay, J.M. & Clarke, M.P. (1998). Using the eye movement system to control the head. Proceedings of the Royal Society (London) Series B.

Journal Article

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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Computers: human-computer interaction
  • Vision / eye movement: visual perception
  • Vision / eye movement: active vision, eye scanning, eye movements
  • Vision / eye movement: abnormalities of vision of a neuropsychological and neurooptometric nature
  • Vision / eye movement: visual interactions with computer displays