Photo of Jenny Read“stereo vision is one of the glories of nature”

Steven Pinker, How the Mind Works.

Welcome to my website. I’m a Reader in Vision Science at the Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University, and a member of Newcastle’s Centre for Behaviour and Evolution. My particular interest is “3D” or stereo depth perception, also known as stereopsis. As sketched out here, I study pretty much all aspects of this ability, ranging from detailed psychophysical measurements of depth perception, to computational models of the underlying neuronal mechanisms, to stereopsis in other species, to clinical disorders of vision, to commercial applications of 3D display technologies. You’ll find my Google Scholar profile here.

You can use the tabs above to navigate these pages. You’ll find all my published papers and details of my talks.
Read about our new research programme “Man, Mantis and Machine”, looking at insect 3D vision.
Also check out our lab blog. It’s a random assortment of thoughts and progress reports from various team members, providing a glimpse into life in the lab.

If you’re a vision scientist, you might be interested in the technical details of my stereo psychophysics set-up, or you might be after some useful Matlab code.

If you’re not a scientist, you might prefer to check out this overview of my research or see my public engagement activities. Or you might simply want to look at a random assortment of photographs showing the sorts of activities that go on in my lab.

Please get in touch if you want to know more.

News from the lab


7 thoughts on “Home

  1. Hello dear Jenny,

    I took the liberty to publish a small paper about your mantis research in my newletter.
    Do not hesitate to comment and react.

    My newletter is sent once a week to 1600 3D fans around the world, so accuracy is important. Do not hesitate to pinpoint any mistake!

    also not hat I am a member of the scientific committee of the 3DStereomedia scientific conference, the European conference about 3D.

    If you have a good paper to submit, it will be a pleasure to meet you in Liege in December 2014.


    Benoit Michel
    StereoscopyNews Editor
    +32 498 93 7058

    reference :

  2. Thanks for your interest in our work, Benoit, I hope the readers of Stereoscopy News find it interesting! They might be interested in the project’s FAQ.
    Best wishes, Jenny

  3. Unfortunately the video of your experiment, that I found on the website of the Huffington Post, is not in stereoscopy. I think that a stereoscopic video report of your experiment would be much more convincing.

    Best regards, Olivier (author of two books on stereoscopy, 1990 and an update in 2011)

  4. Ha, you’re right, Olivier! We will have to film it in 3D next time.
    Best wishes, Jenny.

  5. Hi Jenny, I am a 7th grader in the US. For my science project I am studying at what age does a mantis have its fastest reflexes? I was wondering if when you tested mantids you timed their response to the prey? And whether they were at different life stages? If so, do you have an article about this? thank you, George

  6. Hi George, thanks for your message. Unfortunately at the minute we are not looking at timing responses to prey, but it’s an interesting question! Thanks, Paul

  7. Hi George, Yes that is an interesting question and I’m not aware of any research into it. It sounds like a great research question for a science project. Best wishes, Jenny

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