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Dr Erich Graf BSc, PhD

Associate Professor

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Dr Erich Graf is Associate Professor within Psychology at the University of Southampton.

BSc (Psychology) - University of Washington, USA (1996)

PhD (Vision Science) - University of California-Berkeley, USA (2001)

NSF International Research Fellow, University of Glasgow (2001 - 2003)

Research interests

My research is directed at understanding more about how the brain processes perceptual information. Our perceptual experience is rich in detail, and the automatic nature of perception belies the complex processing involved.

Work in Progress

I am currently investigating the role of natural scenes statistics on human visual processing. The SYNS dataset is the result of an EPSRC-funded project in which we collected 3D range and image data across a large number of different categories of rural and urban environments.

We can use datasets like SYNS to evaluate and characterise the visual world. Starting with the hypothesis that the statistical structure of our environment may lead to measurable biases in how we see the world, lab-based studies investigate how our experience in the world has shaped our visual system.

Research group

Centre for Perception and Cognition (CPC)

Research project(s)

Emotional face processing without awareness

Exploring whether emotional face stimuli are processed in more efficient ways than other visual stimuli

Shape and depth perception

Visual cues and assumptions

Visual adaptation and re-calibration

Resolving visual ambiguity

A study of the choices made by the visual system

BSc Psychology Year 3 Tutor

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  • PSYC 1005: Thinking Psychologically
  • PSYC 2018: Perception (module lead)
  • PSYC 3003: Literature Review (module lead)
  • PSYC 3005: Research Project (module lead)
  • PSYC 3043: Understanding your world with vision, touch, sound and taste
Dr Erich Graf
Building 44 Highfield Campus University of Southampton SO17 1BJ

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