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    Prof George Mather

    Professor of Vision Science/Director of Research

    School of Psychology
    College of Social Science

    About George Mather

    I completed a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Sheffield in 1976, where my lecturers (John Mayhew and John Frisby) inspired a fascination for visual perception. My undergraduate degree was followed by a PhD in visual psychophysics at the University of Reading, completed in 1979. After staying on as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Reading, I moved to Post-Doctoral Fellowships at York University, Canada, and then at University College London. I was appointed as a lecturer in Experimental Psychology at the University of Sussex in 1984, and was promoted to professor there in 2000. I joined the University of Lincoln in 2011 as Professor of Vision Science.

    I have long-standing research interests in movement perception, visual after-effects, and the perception of visual art. My publications include 63 peer-reviewed journal articles, 53 conference papers, 4 books and 6 book chapters. Full details of articles can be found in the Repository. A complete listing of my conference presentations can be found on my website ( Much of this work has been supported by major UK funders such as RCUK and Wellcome.

    According to Google Scholar my current citation count stands at about 3700 citations, with an h-index of 28 (meaning that 28 papers have each been cited at least 28 times) and an i10-index of 50 (meaning that 50 papers have each been cited at least 10 times).

    My experience of academic leadership roles includes Examination Board Chair, Head of Experimental Psychology (Sussex), Research Group Head (Cognitive Psychology Research Group at Sussex; Perception, Action and Cognition at Lincoln), Director of Taught Postgraduate Programmes, and Director of Doctoral Studies. I am currently Director of Research in the College of Social Science at the University of Lincoln.

    I am currently on the editorial boards of two international journals, and a member of the ESRC Peer Review College.

    (Last updated January 2016)

    Department Responsibilities

    Module coordinator for the second-year elective course “Perception of Visual Art”, which runs in the spring semester.

    Member of the Psychology School’s senior management group, The College of Social Science Management Team, and the university Leadership Group.

    Subject Specialism

    Human vision, particularly the perception of visual movement and art.


    • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy — Higher Education Academy, 2014
    • PhD Visual in Psychophysics — University of Reading, 1976
    • BA (Hons) Psychology — University of Sheffield, 1973


    • Visiting Professor — University of Padua, Italy, 2013
    • Please see the research tab for details of 10 research grants — MRC (2), SERC (2), EPSRC (3), ESRC (1), Wellcome Trust (2), 2013
    • “Illusion of the Year” (second prize) — European Conference on Visual Perception, Spain, 2005

    Professional Affiliations

    • Experimental Psychology Society
    • Applied Vision Association

    External Activities and Consultancy

    (Since 2005)

    Member of the Royal Society’s “Proceedings B” Editorial Board.
    Action Editor for the journals “Perception” and “i-Perception”.
    Member of the ESRC Peer Review College

    Curated and presented an exhibit on illusions of movement at the public science exhibition “State of Mind: A Consciousness Expo” in Brighton, 2012.

    Gallery talk on motion illusions during the “On the Move” art exhibition curated by Jonathan Miller at the Estorick Collection, London, 2010.

    Industrial consultancy for The Viral Factory, London, 2008.

    Curated and presented the British Council’s UK exhibit on visual perception during French Science Week, in the Jardin de Luxembourg, Paris, 2006.

    Industrial consultancy for Sharp Laboratories Europe Ltd, 2005.

    Research Interests

    Research Group Memberships

    Research Projects

    • The Influence Of The Human Form On Visual Judgements Of Movement — Awarded £286,945 by ESRC in 2013
    • Computational and psychophysical studies of polarity effects in human visual motion processing — Awarded £126,654 by Wellcome Trust in 2008
    • Network: Art and Science of Motion Perception — Awarded £15,259 by EPSRC in 2004
    • Integrating models of motion analysis in the human visual system. — Awarded £116,520 by Wellcome Trust in 2000
    • The use of image blur as a depth cue in human vision. — Awarded £137,017 by EPSRC in 1997
    • Psychophysical studies of interactions between first-order and second-order motion stimuli. — Awarded £98,565 by EPSRC in 1993
    • Temporal properties of low-level motion processes in human vision. — Awarded £46,155 by MRC in 1991
    • Perceptual studies of high level motion processing in the human visual system. — Awarded £58,477 by SERC in 1990
    • Psychophysical studies of the aperture problem in motion processing. — Awarded £47,707 by SERC in 1988
    • Spatial and temporal primitives involved in early processing of visual motion. — Awarded £12,756 by MRC in 1985

    Research in the Lincoln Repository

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