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Free Public Lecture

Do you see what I see? The new frontier in vision

Can you spot rare birds in flight or name any car in your rearview mirror? Or are you someone who struggles to recognise faces? Recent research reveals that we vary in our ability to learn about objects around us. Learning more about what determines our visual abilities may help explain and predict behaviour in new spheres of activity and also in clinical conditions that are characterised by poor visual recognition abilities.

Why you should attend

  • Discover why the way you see objects and faces, and your ability to recognise them, may be different from that of others. 
  • Learn how cognitive neuroscientists are developing tests to precisely measure and compare these visual recognition abilities. 
  • Hear about research that is revealing how your brain processes visual information and how this changes with experience and practice.


Professor Isabel Gautier 

Professor Isabel Gauthier is the David K. Wilson Chair of Psychology at Vanderbilt University. Professor Gauthier received her PhD from Yale in 1998, followed by concurrent post-doctoral fellowships at Yale and MIT. Her research interests include the behavioral and neural study of visual object recognition, especially in domains of perceptual expertise such as faces, letters, musical notation, with implications for disorders likes autism and congenital face blindness.

Professor Gauthier has authored over 110 peer-reviewed scientific articles, which have been cited more then 12,300 times. She has received many honours including the APA Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution and the Troland research award from the National Academy of Sciences. Gauthier serves as chief editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.


Entry is free and open to the public. Please register by 29 May 2015.

For further information, please email Kim Curby or contact her on +61 2 9850 4153.

This Public Lecture is jointly funded by the Faculty of Human Sciences and the Perception in Action Research Centre (PARC) based at Macquarie University.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

6.15pm - 8pm
(5.45pm: light refreshments)

Australian Hearing Hub
Level 1, Lecture Theatre
16 University Avenue
Macquarie University

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