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Aston Inaugural - Gazing in at gazing out

Aston University

Thursday, 3 December 2015 from 18:30 to 19:30 (GMT)

Aston Inaugural - Gazing in at gazing out

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Aston University public lecture  

Gazing in at gazing out

by Professor Tim Meese

Thursday 3rd December 2015, 6.30pm
Sumpner Lecture Theatre, 6th Floor, Main Building, Aston University, B4 7ET. 
Free to attend and open to all

About the speaker

Tim Meese is a Professor of Vision Science at Aston University's School of Life & Health Sciences. 

About the lecture 

Everyone knows what cosmologists do: they gaze out into the sky to see the secrets of what’s out there, matching observations with theory to understand how the universe came about. Visual psychophysicists are motivated by a similar sense of wonder; but the universe they want to understand lives inside the biological computer of the human brain. By using carefully designed visual stimuli in controlled laboratory environments, it turns out that this non-invasive research method can provide an incisive view of the visual mechanisms that lie within us, whether we are conscious of them or not!

This lecture will show how psychophysics has been used to see into the very early stages of the visual processing stream, where the ‘atoms’ of vision are very different from the rich visual experience that they deliver when we open our eyes, and where competing theories have been pitched against one another, helping us to understand how we see. 


6:30pm start with tea and coffee from 6.00pm. A buffet will follow the lecture. For further information, please email


The Aston Inaugurals showcase and celebrate the research of the University’s recently appointed professors on a diverse range of topics.

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When & Where

Sumpner Lecture Theatre, 6th Floor
Aston University Main Building
Aston Triangle
B4 7ET Birmingham
United Kingdom

Thursday, 3 December 2015 from 18:30 to 19:30 (GMT)

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