Research objectives and content
In the visual areas of the human brain, motion within the visual image is initially encoded locally. At each point in the image, measures are obtained in parallel at different spatial scales (from fine details to coarse spatial structure). It is not known at what stage local signals are combined across the image to produce an integrated percept (global motion). The objective is to establish whether this integration across the image occurs before or after signals are integrated across spatial scales. This fundamental question will be addressed in three different experimental contexts, using objective measures of the visual performance of human observers. The experiments are expected to provide a definitive answer to the question.
Training content (objective, benefit and expected impact)
Working at the host institution would give me the opportunity to deepen my knowledge of the visual system. I would acquire high-level skills which should put me in a strong position to establish myself as a postdoctoral scientist, either in Germany, where research on this field is making an increasing contribution, or in other European countries.
Links with industry / industrial relevance (22)
Research on human vision provides knowledge of the visual information processing capabilities of the brain. This provides essential groundwork for the development of machine vision systems (e.g. robots). Knowledge of the limitations of human vision is important in the design of visual display systems (e.g. in aircraft).