Crossmodal Cognition Laboratoryhttp://people.bath.ac.uk/mjp51
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Starting 1 September 2012 I am Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Bath, and Visiting Senior Lecturer in Electronic Engineering at Queen Mary University of London!
J Proulx, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Psychology
Pasqualotto, PhD, Marie Curie Postdoctoral
MRes, Postgraduate Student (PhD)
Hajimirza, co-supervised Postgraduate
Student (PhD in EECS with the Multimedia
and Vision Research Group)
Wang, co-supervised Postgraduate Student
(PhD in Biology with the Chittka
Nityananda, PhD, Human Frontier
Postdoctoral Research Associate (co-supervised
with the Chittka
My primary interest in
psychology is cognition. Vision provides a
convenient window into how the brain
processes information because it is a well
described sensory system at the
physiological level and seems to be the most
dominant sensory modality at the
psychological level. At any given moment,
more light is entering the retina from all
areas of the visual field than can be
processed. The world is full of non-visual
sensory information as well. The auditory
system can localize sounds; the tactile
system can identify objects by shape. My
research has advanced from first examining
cognition and attentional control within the
visual system to now examine how
multisensory processing contributes to
perception and cognition. Working with blind
individuals in particular helps to reveal
the role of visual experience for cognition
and how the "visual" parts of the brain
process other information in the absence of
visual input. Much of this work has used a
'sensory-substitution' device (called ‘The
vOICe’) that provides visual
information by translating visual input into
sound. I therefore study multiple sensory
modalities and utilize multiple methods to
best understand the psychological and neural
underpinnings of cognition in human and
non-human animals through collaborative
studies on bees, zebra fish, and non-human primates.
PublicationsPasqualotto, A. & Proulx, M. J. (in press). The role of visual experience for the neural basis of spatial cognition. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews.
Haji Mirza, S. N., Proulx, M. J., & Izquierdo, E. (in press). Reading users' minds from their eyes for implicit image annotation. IEEE Transactions on Multimedia.
Proulx, M. J. & Green, M. (2011). Does apparent size capture attention in visual search? Evidence from the Müller-Lyer illusion. Journal of Vision, 11(13):21, 1-6,http://www.journalofvision.org/content/11/13/21, doi:10.1167/11.13.21.Proulx, M. J. (2011). Consciousness: what, why and how. Science, 332, 1034-1035.
Proulx, M. J. (2011). Individual differences and metacognitive knowledge of visual search strategy. PLoS ONE, 6, e27043.
Proulx, M. J. (2010). Size matters: Large objects capture attention in visual search. PLoS ONE, 5, e15293.Proulx, M. J. (2010). Synthetic synaesthesia and sensory substitution. Consciousness and Cognition, 19, 501-503.Zehetleitner, M., Proulx, M. J., & Mueller, H. J. (2009). Additional singleton interference in efficient visual search: a common salience route for detection and compound tasks. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 71, 1760-1770.
Proulx, M. J., & Harder, A. (2008). Sensory Substitution. Visual-to-auditory sensory substitution devices for the blind. Dutch Journal of Ergonomics/ Tijdschrift voor Ergonomie, 33, 20-22. Liang, M., van Leeuwen, T. M., & Proulx, M. J. (2008). Propagation of brain activity during audiovisual integration. The Journal of Neuroscience, 28, 8861-8862.Proulx, M. J., Stoerig, P., Ludowig, E., & Knoll, I. (2008). Seeing “where” through the ears: Effects of learning-by-doing and long-term sensory deprivation on localization based on image-to-sound substitution. PLoS ONE, 3, e1840.Proulx, M. J. & Egeth, H. E. (2008). Biased-competition and visual search: the role of luminance and size contrast. Psychological Research, 72, 106-113.Homa, D., Proulx, M. J., & Blair, M. (2008). The modulating influence of category size on the classification of exception patterns. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 61, 425-443.Proulx, M. J. (2007). Turning on the spotlight: Do attention and luminance contrast affect neuronal responses in the same way? The Journal of Neuroscience, 27, 13043-13044.Proulx, M. J. (2007). Bottom-up guidance in visual search for conjunctions. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 33, 48-56.Proulx, M. J. & Stoerig, P. (2006). Seeing sounds and tingling tongues: Qualia in synaesthesia and sensory substitution. Anthropology & Philosophy, 7, 135-151.Proulx, M. J. & Serences, J. T. (2006). Searching for an oddball: neural correlates of singleton detection mode in parietal cortex. The Journal of Neuroscience, 26,12631-12632.Proulx, M. J. & Egeth, H. E. (2006). Target-nontarget similarity modulates stimulus driven control in visual search. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 13, 524-529.