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Professor Ute Leonards

Visual Perception, Attention and Action

My work falls into two areas: cognitive neurosciences and humanoid robotics. What unifies my work is its focus on human vision. Why vision? Because what we see guides our movements, shapes our experiences and thoughts, influences how we interact with others, and ultimately defines who we are. Who we are defines what we see and how we see it.

I have a long history of working with neurologists, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists and roboticists to explore the mechanisms underlying visual perception, action and interaction in the context of a person’s individual characteristics and the environment they live in. 

More recently, and my main research area, I have been collaborating closely with colleagues in biomechanics, computer vision, civil engineering and humanities to understand how patterns in the visual environment impact our movements, health and wellbeing.

Links within Bristol

Collaborations outside Bristol

  • Professor Hiroshi Ashida (Kyoto University, Japan)
  • Professor Todd Handy (University of British Columbia, Canada)
  • Professor Klaus Oberauer (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Dr Alex Shepherd (Birkbeck, UK)
  • Professor Arnold Wilkins (University of Essex, UK)
  • Professor Johannes Zanker (Royal Holloway University of London, UK)
  • Professor Daniele Zavagno (Università di Milano-Bicocca, Italy)

Research keywords

  • visual perception
  • visual attention
  • vision and action
  • locomotion
  • joint attention and action
  • eye movements
  • neuropsychology
  • ageing
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • schizophrenia
  • traumatic brain injury in children
  • visual psychophysics
  • human - robot interaction
  • functional magnetic resonance imaging
  • EEG