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Prof Harris awarded prestigious research grant.

Friday 12 April 2019

Professor Julie Harris, from the School of Psychology and Neuroscience, has been awarded over £180,000 by the Leverhulme Trust for research which will focus on understanding what makes features specifically salient in complex visual environments.

Professor Harris said: “When navigating the world our visual system is bombarded with a torrent of visual information. To cope with this wealth of input, our brain must select specific information. Some objects have distinctive properties that make them grab our attention, such as a ladybird on the lawn. These objects are highly salient, but we still don’t fully know why. Our work is based on the principle that the underlying process that delivers perceptual salience is maximal stimulation of neurons in the visual system.”