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Professor Nick Scott-Samuel

Professor Nick Scott-Samuel

Professor Nick Scott-Samuel
B.A.(Bristol), MSc, Ph.D.(Birm.)

Professor of Experimental Psychology

Area of research

Visual Perception

Office 4D27B
The Priory Road Complex,
Priory Road, Clifton BS8 1TU
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+44 (0) 117 928 8557


My research was initially concerned with the visual perception of motion by humans, but I’ve become sidetracked over time by various other things, including the perception of food and drink, camouflage, visual search and the estimation of numerosity.

For more on my camouflage research, please go to

Recent and current grants

  • BBSRC studentship (2007-11). Now you see it, now you don't: camouflage, movement and ecology. Scott-Samuel, Cuthill.
  • EPSRC/QinetiQ CASE studentship (2007-11). Animal camouflage. Baddeley, Cuthill, Scott-Samuel, Shohet.
  • Alcohol Education and Research Council (2010-2011). Effect of glass shape on drinking rate and drinking topography in social alcohol drinkers. Attwood, Scott-Samuel, Munafo
  • DSTL DTC CDE (2012-2013). The effect if standard and adaptive camouflage on perceived speed in neutral and stressful situations. Scott-Samuel, Cuthill, Baddeley, Munafo.


After degrees in Philosophy (BA) at the University of Bristol and Cognitive Science (MSc) at the University of Birmingham, my PhD (supervised by Mark Georgeson at the University of Birmingham) addressed human visual motion processing. I was a postdoc for four years, working first with Andy Smith (at Royal Holloway, University of London) and then with Robert Hess (at McGill University). I was appointed Lecturer in Psychology here in 2001.


Experimental Psychology:

I teach on the Year 2 unit "Cognitive Psychology" and the Year 3 unit "Contemporary Issues in Psychology". I am the Unit Director for "Cognitive Psychology".

PHD students supervised

  • Joanna Hall (awarded 2012). Supervisor. Joint supervisors: Roland Baddeley (Experimental Psychology), Innes Cuthill (Biological Sciences), Adam Shohet (QinetiQ).
  • Will Allen (awarded 2012). Supervisor. Joint supervisor: Innes Cuthill (Biological Sciences).
  • Scott Watkins (awarded 2012). Second supervisor. First supervisor: Roland Baddeley (Experimental Psychology).
  • Martin Thirkettle (awarded 2009). Supervisor. Joint supervisor: Chris Benton (Experimental Psychology).
  • Jian Li (awarded 2008). Supervisor. Joint supervisors: Chris Benton (Experimental Psychology), Stavri Nikolov (Electrical and Electronic Engineering).
  • Tim Jones (awarded 2004). Second supervisor. First supervisor: Tom Troscianko (Experimental Psychology).
  • Gillian Porter (awarded 2004). Second supervisor. First supervisor: Tom Troscianko (Experimental Psychology).


  • Psychophysics
  • Behavioural studies
  • Perception


Vision, camouflage.

  • visual perception
  • camouflage
  • estimation of number
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    School of Experimental Psychology

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