28th Feb 1-2pm
MVB room 3.44
ABSTRACT: What is the contribution of visual experience to cognitive and perceptual processes and the functional neural architecture underlying these abilities? Here I describe a diversity of ways that we have examined this, such as through studies of the blind and blindfolded, and using technologies such as augmented reality, virtual reality and motion-tracking. These discoveries might all be linked by the role that visual experience plays in multisensory processing, and the underlying neural basis for spatial representation.
Bio: Dr Michael J. Proulx is Reader in Psychology and Director of the Crossmodal Cognition Lab at the University of Bath. He is also Co-Director of the REVEAL Research Centre (REal & Virtual Environments Augmentation Labs) and part of the Centre for Digital Entertainment in the Department of Computer Science. He received his BSc in Psychology from Arizona State University and his MA and PhD in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Johns Hopkins University. Michael was a postdoctoral research fellow in Duesseldorf, Germany, and a Lecturer in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London before moving to Bath. He is a Fellow of the Society for Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Science of the American Psychological Association and Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation.