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PLAsticiTY of Perceptual space Under Sensorimotor interactions

Objective

Space is the foundational characteristic of visual perception and we generally perceive it as continuous and uniform. Behavioural measurements and the properties of our sensory systems however, demonstrate that this is an illusory situation and our percept is constructed by the brain. One example is our lack of awareness of the blind spot that exists in each eye. Space is non-uniformly represented in the visual brain and this representation is dynamically influenced by motor behaviour, in particular by eye movements. The PLATYPUS consortium will investigate the dynamic nature of spatial sensation and perception, focussing on the continuous mutual interaction of motor behaviour and perception. Our research objectives integrate human behavioural and cutting edge non-human primate electrophysiological research techniques and focus on translation of basic into applied research. Focussing on the adaptive nature of vision and action, strategies to perturb and probe perceptual space and geometry will allow measurement of spatial and geometrical perception in humans and the representation of such in non-human primates. This research will extend to applications for people wearing progressive lenses which distort action and space perception, patients with a blind area in their visual field and for virtual reality technology development. PLATYPUS researchers will grow existing and establish new collaborative teams, sharing research techniques, knowledge and mentoring between established and with upcoming researchers in academia and industry. Individuals will benefit from intense scientific and career development training while institutions will benefit from the exchange of state-of-the-art techniques. The ultimate outcome will be increased understanding of the continuously updating neural construction of space and the production of assistive technologies for people needing corrective lenses, with ocular or visual discontinuity and for the growing virtual reality industry.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/zoology/mammalogy/primatology

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2016
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

WESTFAELISCHE WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET MUENSTER
Address
Schlossplatz 2
48149 Muenster
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 247 500

Participants (3)

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 247 500
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
PHILIPPS UNIVERSITAET MARBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 211 500
Address
Biegenstrasse 10
35037 Marburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CARL ZEISS VISION INTERNATIONAL GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 184 500
Address
Gartenstr. 97
73430 Aalen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (4)

WESTERN SYDNEY UNVERSITY
Australia
Address
Great Western Highway
2747 Werrington Nsw
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MONASH UNIVERSITY
Australia
Address
Wellington Road
3800 Victoria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE TRUSTEES OF BOSTON UNIVERSITY

Participation ended

United States
Address
Commonwealth Avenue 881
02215 Boston Ma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER
United States
Address
Elmwood Avenue, Box Ehsc 601
14642 Rochester Ny
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments