Read Lab Blog

Life after PhD

posted by Jenny on February 22, 2017

I was happy to see this blog post from software developer Scott Logic, featuring Readlab alumnus Paul Hands. We wish you all the best in your new career, Paul, and it’s great to see you using your maths, computing and … Continue reading

Why don’t we see the world upside down?

posted by Jenny on January 20, 2017

This question comes up occasionally and I was just recently asked a similar question by email, so I thought it would be a good idea to do a blog post that everyone can see. Although there’s a great article on … Continue reading

“Blindness to background”

posted by Jenny on December 3, 2016

My former colleague Dr Catherine O’Hanlon, now at Aberystwyth, and I have just published a paper on an interesting effect we found in small children. The roots of this study go back 7 years to when my son was two … Continue reading


posted by Jenny on November 29, 2016

Yes, it’s acronym time — by ETN-FPI TS2, I mean the second Training School of the European Training Network on Full-Parallax Imaging, which was held at the University of Valencia in September 2016. Chris Kaspiris-Rousellis and I attended, and had … Continue reading

Mantis videos

posted by Jenny on November 3, 2016

In our lab, we run experiments on praying mantis vision. We show the insects videos on a computer (mainly boring stimuli like bars moving, or little black dots which are meant to simulate a bug) and video how they move, … Continue reading

ASTEROID in Arabic

posted by Jenny on September 9, 2016

BBC Arabic’s flagship technology programme, 4Tech, covers our ASTEROID stereotest:

Online lectures on the human visual system

posted by Jenny on August 3, 2016

I recently organised a Training School on 3D Displays and the Human Visual System as part of the European Training Network on Full-Parallax Imaging. The Network aims to train up 15 Early Stage Researchers who not only have expertise both … Continue reading


posted by Jenny on April 29, 2016

The Brain Zone advisory committee with Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller (in blue), the chair of the Wellcome Trust board of governors, at the launch of the new exhibition at the Centre for Life.

Eye tracking with small children using a touchscreen

posted by Jenny on April 2, 2016

Back in 2011, my then colleague Dr Catherine O’Hanlon and I carried out a study in which young children gave responses using a touchscreen, while we simultaneously tracked their eye movements. I’ve been asked a few times by other researchers … Continue reading

Featured in National Geographic documentary

posted by Jenny on February 24, 2016

National Geographic featured our work on mantis 3D vision in their recent documentary “Explorer: Eyes Wide Open”. Here’s a clip:

Demo videos from our mantis 3D glasses paper

posted by Jenny on January 20, 2016

We uploaded 6 nice demo videos as Supplementary Material for our Scientific Reports paper. Unfortunately the links are currently broken (I have emailed) and in any case they are provided in a slightly clunky way where you have to download … Continue reading

More insects in specs

posted by Jenny on January 19, 2016

Thanks to AP TV for making this nice video about our mantis 3D glasses, which appeared in the Telegraph.

Crosstalk with insect 3D glasses

posted by Jenny on January 9, 2016

Our first paper on praying mantis 3D vision has just come out in Scientific Reports: Insect stereopsis demonstrated using a 3D insect cinema by Nityananda, Tarawneh, Rosner, Nicolas, Crichton, Read. There’s a press release here. One issue we discuss in … Continue reading

Fire and Light Yule Festival – with added science

posted by Jenny on December 2, 2015

Over the weekend, Kathleen and I, along with Stacey from the Institute of Neuroscience, Gordon Love from Durham University and colleagues from Northumbria University, helped deliver some science activities for the “Fire and Light Yule Festival at North Shields’ Old … Continue reading

Outreach: maths week at Shotton Hall Academy

posted by Paul Hands on October 2, 2015

This week I had an opportunity to speak to some aspiring mathematicians about their future and to ask them to think about maths. Not just to answer the questions, and not to just ask ‘why’ without purpose, but to try … Continue reading

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