Durham has a long tradition of scientific research into human visual processes. Much of the key research into the control of eye-movements and their role in visual cognition took place in Durham. Visual attention has been studied in Durham for over fifty years with some early and still critically important findings originating from labs in Durham. Durham has been and continues to be, a centre for neuropsychological research in which work on extremely rare neurological conditions has illuminated mechanisms of colour perception, visual control of action and visual consciousness.
More recently, work on vision using neuroimaging techniques has expanded greatly. Our work on vision has always involved many external collaborations and we continue to work with colleagues across the UK and around the world. The centre provides a means of formally recognising this active research area within the University and of extending collaboration within and beyond the University.