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 (www.georgemather.com). 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)
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.
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
— 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
Experimental Psychology Society
Applied Vision Association
External Activities and Consultancy
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.