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Photo:  A/P Sam Schwarzkopf

Associate Professor Sam Schwarzkopf recently attended the annual conference of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC) in London, Ontario. While not exclusively related to vision, the conference brings together experts from psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience to discuss research related to sensory function, for example to understand why visual images appear the way they do.

Sam’s PhD student Man-Ling Ho, who is based in the UK, presented work she conducted during her visit to Auckland earlier this year. Man-Ling evaluated several new methods for estimating how a common visual illusion appears to individual observers. The work identified a fundamental issue which causes these methods to underestimate the observer’s true percept; Sam and Man-Ling are now working on a new design to overcome this problem.

Read more about the conference here.