Post-docs

Current

Kathleen 1Kathleen Vancleef

Lab member since December 2014
Kathleen Vancleef obtained her PhD in Experimental Psychology at the University of Leuven. She studied the neural mechanisms of contour and texture perception in psychophysical and neuropsychological experiments. Besides this fundamental research questions, she applied her knowledge of perceptual organisation in the development of diagnostic tests for visual perception. As a postdoctoral researcher at the same university, she investigated the influence of brain stimulation on learning of a bimanual task. Kathleen is currently working on the ASTEROID project. She manages patient and public involvement and works closely with the orthoptists and the game developers. Following test development, she will evaluate the validity of the test and coordinate the collection of a norm sample.

Publications with Vancleef K

Serrano-Pedraza I, Herbert W, Villa-Laso L, Widdall M, Vancleef K, Read JCA (2016)
The stereoscopic anisotropy develops during childhood.
Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 57(3) 960-70

Serrano-Pedraza I, Vancleef K, Read JCA (2016)
Avoiding monocular artifacts in clinical stereotests presented on column-interleaved digital stereoscopic displays
Journal of Vision 16(14):13 1-14

Vancleef K, Read JCA, Herbert W, Goodship N, Woodhouse M, Serrano-Pedraza I (2017)
Overestimation of stereo thresholds by the TNO stereotest is not due to global stereopsis.
Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics epub ahead of print

 



Ronny Rosner

Ronny Rosner

Lab member since January 2014
Ronny is funded by the Leverhulme Trust to work on our mantis vision project as our neurophysiologist. Ronny did his PhD at Bielefeld University in Germany, looking at the variability of visual information processing in the optic lobes and descending pathways of blowflies. In his postdoctoral work at the University of Marburg, he examined the central complex, a structure in insect brains which seems to play roles in spatial orientation and visually guided movement. Ronny is currently setting up an electrophysiology rig suitable for examining the responses of mantis neurons to stereoscopic stimuli.

Publications with Rosner R

Nityananda V, Tarawneh G, Rosner R, Nicolas J, Crichton S, Read JCA (2016)
Insect stereopsis demonstrated using a 3D insect cinema
Scientific Reports 6 18718



Vivek Nityananda

Vivek Nityananda

Lab member since September 2013
Vivek is funded by the Leverhulme Trust to work on our praying mantis vision project; he is developing behavioural experiments to probe mantids’ 3D stereoscopic vision. Vivek is interested in sensory ecology and decision making across different model systems. In India, the USA and the UK, he has studied sensory systems in bush crickets (also known as katydids), bees and frogs. Vivek also maintains a great science blog, Stuff Scientists Say, featuring his own unique take on recent publications.

Publications with Nityananda V

Nityananda V, Tarawneh G, Jones L, Busby N, Herbert W, Davies R, Read JCA (2015)
The contrast sensitivity function of the praying mantis Sphodromantis lineola
Journal of Comparative Physiology A 201(8) 741-50

Nityananda V, Tarawneh G, Rosner R, Nicolas J, Crichton S, Read JCA (2016)
Insect stereopsis demonstrated using a 3D insect cinema
Scientific Reports 6 18718

Nityananda V, Bissianna G, Tarawneh G, Read JCA (2016)
Small or far away? Size and distance perception in the praying mantis.
Philosophical Transactions B 371(1697) pii: 20150262

Nityananda V, Tarawneh G, Errington S, Serrano-Pedraza I, Read JCA (2017)
The optomotor response of the praying mantis is driven predominantly by the central visual field
Journal of Comparative Physiology A 203 77-87

 

 

 

 

 

 


Former



Ghaith Tarawneh

June 2013 – 2016
Ghaith was funded by the Leverhulme Trust to work on our mantis vision project. Ghaith has a PhD in Microelectronic Circuit Design and an MSc in Mechatronics, both from Newcastle University, and a BSc in Computer Engineering from Princess Sumaya University for Technology in Jordan. Ghaith is currently implementing automated detection and classification of mantis visual responses, which will make all our subsequent behavioural experiments vastly quicker, easier and more sensitive.

Iwo Bohr

Iwo Bohr

Lab member during 2012

Iwo worked on a project investigating 3D TV, analysing optometric, orthoptic and other data. He is still at Newcastle but now working with Professor Andy Blamire, using MRI to investigate etiology of white matter hyperintensities.

Publications with Bohr I

Bohr I, Read JCA (2013)
Stereoacuity with Frisby and revised FD2 stereo tests
PLOS ONE 8(12) e82999

Read JCA, Bohr I (2014)
User experience while viewing stereoscopic 3D television
Ergonomics 57(8) 1140-53

Read JCA, Simonotto J, Bohr I, Godfrey A, Galna B, Rochester L, Smulders TV (2015)
Balance and coordination after viewing stereoscopic 3D television
Royal Society Open Science 2 140522

Read JCA, Godfrey A, Bohr I, SImonotto J, Galna B, Smulders TV (2016)
Viewing 3D TV over two months produces no discernible effects on balance, coordination or eyesight.
Ergonomics Jan 13 1-16

 



Jen

Jennifer Simonotto

Lab member 2011 – 2012

Jennifer worked on a project investigating 3D TV. She helped develop the analysis of tri-axial accelerometer data. She is now at Imperial College London.

Publications with Simonotto J

Read JCA, Simonotto J, Bohr I, Godfrey A, Galna B, Rochester L, Smulders TV (2015)
Balance and coordination after viewing stereoscopic 3D television
Royal Society Open Science 2 140522

Read JCA, Godfrey A, Bohr I, SImonotto J, Galna B, Smulders TV (2016)
Viewing 3D TV over two months produces no discernible effects on balance, coordination or eyesight.
Ergonomics Jan 13 1-16


 


Fredrik Allenmark

Lab member 2008 – 2012

Fredrik was formerly my PhD student and was then employed for one year on a grant from the NHS Flexibility and Sustainability Award scheme, developing visual stimuli to test mechanisms of double and single vision in a variety of clinical groups. He is now working with Florian Waszak at the University Paris Descartes.

Ignacio Serrano-Pedraza

Lab member 2008 – 2010

Ignacio obtained his PhD in Experimental Psychology from the Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain, in 2005. He then spent three years working as a Senior Research Assistant with Andrew Derrington at Newcastle and Kent, before returning to Newcastle as my first post-doc, supported by an award from the Medical Research Council. During his time in my lab, Ignacio published several papers investigating how the stereo vision system detects, encodes and uses vertical disparity. In collaboration with Mr Michael Clarke, a consultant paediatric ophthalmologist at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, he also studied how binocular vision is altered in children with intermittent exotropia. He left my lab in December 2010 to take up a lectureship at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. However I’m delighted to say that, as you can see from the publication list below, we continue to tackle research problems together.

Publications with Serrano-Pedraza I

Serrano-Pedraza I, Read JCA (2009)
Stereo vision requires an explicit encoding of vertical disparity
Journal of Vision 9(4):3 1--13

Serrano-Pedraza I, Phillipson GP, Read JCA (2010)
A specialization for vertical disparity discontinuities
Journal of Vision 10(3):2 1-25

Read JCA, Phillipson GP, Serrano-Pedraza I, Milner AD, Parker AJ (2010)
Stereoscopic vision in the absence of the lateral occipital cortex
PLoS ONE 5(9) e12608

Serrano-Pedraza I, Read JCA (2010)
Multiple channels for horizontal, but only one for vertical corrugations? A new look at the stereo anisotropy
Journal of Vision 10(12):10 1–11

Serrano-Pedraza I, Clarke MP, Read JCA (2011)
Single vision during ocular deviation in intermittent exotropia
Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics 31 45-55

Serrano-Pedraza I, Manjunath V, Osunkunle O, Clarke MP, Read JCA (2011)
Visual suppression in intermittent exotropia during binocular alignment
Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science 52(5) 2352-2364

Serrano-Pedraza I, Hogg EL, Read JCA (2011)
Spatial non-homogeneity of the antagonistic surround in motion perception
Journal of Vision 11(2):3 1–9

Read JCA, Vaz X, Serrano-Pedraza I (2011)
Independent mechanisms for bright and dark image features in a stereo correspondence task
Journal of Vision 11(12):4 1-14

Serrano-Pedraza I, Grady J, Read JCA (2012)
Spatial frequency bandwidth of surround suppression tuning curves
Journal of Vision 12(6):24 1-11

Serrano-Pedraza I, Brash C, Read JCA (2013)
Testing the horizontal-vertical stereo anisotropy with the critical-band masking paradigm
Journal of Vision 13(11):15 1-15

Serrano-Pedraza I, Romero-Ferreiro V, Read JCA, Diéguez-Risco T, Bagney A, Caballero-González M, Rodríguez-Torresano J, Rodriguez-Jimenez J (2014)
Reduced visual surround suppression in schizophrenia shown by measuring contrast detection thresholds
Frontiers in Psychology 5

Read JCA, Georgiou R, Brash C, Yazdani P, Whittaker R, Trevelyan A, Serrano-Pedraza I (2015)
Moderate acute alcohol intoxication has minimal effect on surround suppression measured with a motion direction discrimination task
Journal of Vision 15(1):5 1-14

Yazdani P, Serrano-Pedraza I, Whittaker R, Trevelyan A, Read JCA (2015)
Two common psychophysical measures of surround suppression reflect independent neuronal mechanisms
Journal of Vision 15 (21) 1-14

Serrano-Pedraza I, Herbert W, Villa-Laso L, Widdall M, Vancleef K, Read JCA (2016)
The stereoscopic anisotropy develops during childhood.
Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 57(3) 960-70

Serrano-Pedraza I, Vancleef K, Read JCA (2016)
Avoiding monocular artifacts in clinical stereotests presented on column-interleaved digital stereoscopic displays
Journal of Vision 16(14):13 1-14

Nityananda V, Tarawneh G, Errington S, Serrano-Pedraza I, Read JCA (2017)
The optomotor response of the praying mantis is driven predominantly by the central visual field
Journal of Comparative Physiology A 203 77-87

Vancleef K, Read JCA, Herbert W, Goodship N, Woodhouse M, Serrano-Pedraza I (2017)
Overestimation of stereo thresholds by the TNO stereotest is not due to global stereopsis.
Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics epub ahead of print



Deborah Buck

Lab member May – Aug 2010

Debbie usually works in the Eye Clinic at the Royal Victoria Infirmary but spent a couple of months with us. She received support from the NHS’s Flexibility and Sustainibility funding in order to help study visual perception in intermittent exotropia and develop new tests of stereo vision for use in the clinic.