Why do we make errors in perception, in memory, and in our actions? Variability and uncertainty are fundamental aspects of human behaviour, which worsen with advancing age or neurological disease. In the lab we measure these factors using visual psychophysics and memory tasks, eye tracking, limb motion-tracking and force feedback. Then, using mathematical models and computer simulations, we develop and test hypotheses about the underlying brain mechanisms.
Recent research in the lab focuses on visual memory and eye movements. Our ability to remember what we have seen is surprisingly limited: we investigate how this limited resource of visual memory is distributed between features of the visual scene and how it is updated when we move our eyes.
While cognitive functions such as attention and memory are often studied from a perceptual viewpoint, they are also critical for our ability to control movement and physically interact with our surroundings. Some of the newest research in our group investigates the role of these sensory functions in the skilled control of arm and hand movements.
The lab has moved to the University of Cambridge, Department of Psychology
pdf]Opinion paper in TICS: "Spikes Not Slots" responsible for working memory limitations [
Paul Bays awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship in Basic Biomedical Science
pdf]Investigating the theoretical basis of misbinding in working memory, in collaboration with Loic Matthey and Peter Dayan [
link] is a web-based therapy for patients with visual disorders, developed in collaboration with Alex Leff and Masud Husain — our new paper [pdf] reports benefits for visual search ability in hemianopic patientsEyeSearch [
pdf]: errors in short-term memory are explained by noise in neural activityNew article in Journal of Neuroscience [
pdf] in Nature NeuroscienceReview paper on changing concepts of working memory [
Paul Bays visiting UC Berkeley, Institute of Cognitive & Brain Sciences during 2013/14
Leonie Oostwoud Wijdenes joins the lab from Jeroen Smeets' group in Amsterdam
Paul Bays at the Vision Sciences Society meeting in Naples, Florida
pdf] investigates the role of memory in selecting eye movements in natural visionNew article in Journal of Vision [
Louise Marshall to join UCL's PhD programme in Clinical Neurosciences