George Mather
News and Profile

Recent publications and other activities

My recent publications include "The Psychology of Art", published by Routledge, and "Foundations of Sensation and Perception", also published by Routledge. Recent research papers investigate a range of topics including the vision science of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system, the perception of moving human figures, and the image statistics of Western visual art.

See the Publications section for details of my publications.

In 2021 I had the honour of giving the Geoffrey J Burton Memorial Lecture at the Applied Vision Association Annual Meeting. I was also involved in the organisation and running of the 2021 European Conference on Visual Perception as a virtual meeting. In Spring 2022 I gave an invited talk at the University of Malta. In August I attended the 2022 Visual Science of Art Conference in the Netherlands.

Brief Profile

My academic training is in psychological science (a BA degree from the University of Sheffield; PhD from the University of Reading; Fellow of the Higher Education Academy). After finishing my PhD, my research career began with academic positions at the University of Reading, York University (Canada), and University College London. After UCL I became a lecturer at the University of Sussex in 1984. I have spent most of my academic career there, apart from a period as Professor of Vision Science at the University of Lincoln. I am now Honourary Professor at the University of Sussex and Emeritus Professor at the University of Lincoln.

My research interests in human vision include movement perception, visual after-effects, perceptual factors is sport, and the perception of visual art. PDFs of most of my publications can be found in the Publications section of the website.

Much of my research has been funded by major UK science funding bodies (listed in the Research section). I am currently on the editorial boards of two international journals (Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B, and Perception/iPerception), and a member of the Experimental Psychology Society and the Applied Vision Association.

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