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About Andrea Pavan

I completed a Lauream degree in Psychology (equivalent to a BSc and MSc degree) at the University of Padova (Italy) in 2004. In 2009 I completed a PhD in Psychological Sciences at the University of Padova under the supervision of Prof Gianluca Campana. After a two-year post-doc at the University of Padova, I spent one year as post-doc at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA, Italy), and two years as an Alexander Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Regensburg (Germany) under the supervision of Prof Mark W. Greenlee. I joined the University of Lincoln in 2014 as Lecturer. My research interests focus on the mechanisms and neural substrates underlying visual motion perception using psychophysics, eye-tracking and a variety of neurobehavioral techniques such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and brain-imaging (fMRI). Currently I am carrying out a number of research projects aimed to investigate the role of awareness and attention in visual motion perception, computational modeling of motion adaptation and interaction between the form and motion systems. Additionally, my research combines methods of visual research with clinical aspects allowing for the development of specific research programs and rehabilitative strategies in clinical populations such as amblyopia and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Department Responsibilities

- I supervise one PhD student - I contribute to teaching on the following modules: Research Skills 2 Seminars (2 groups); Basic Programming Skills (Matlab); Brain, Behavior and Cognition; Research Methods in Perception and Cognition; Cognition (attention) - Psychology Tutorials (1 group) - I supervise dissertation projects (7 students) - International Tutor - Member of the Ethics Committee

Subject Specialism

Perception and Psychophysics, particularly motion perception, visual short-term memory and perceptual learning.


  • PhD Psychological Sciences — University of Padova, 2009
  • Lauream degree in Psychology — University of Padova, 2004


  • 8th Edition of the Italian Prize Franco Purghé — Associazione Italiana di Psicologia


Member of the Laboratorio di Ricerca ed Intervento NeuroVis.U.S. (Laboratorio di Ricerca ed Intervento sui Disturbi NeuroVisivi, Uditivi e Sensoriali). University of Padova (Italy).

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Research Interests

  • motion perception

  • Perceptual Learning

Research Projects

  • The neural basis of form-motion integration: a rTMS investigation — awarded £2250 by University of Lincoln College of Social Science Research Fund in 2016
  • Perceptual learning and electrical brain stimulation: a combined approach to improve human visual functions — awarded £2425 by University of Lincoln College of Social Science Research Fund in 2014
  • Properties and functional role of rapid motion adaptations in humans: a behavioral, brain-imaging and computational perspective — awarded £3913 by University of Regensburg in 2013
  • The role of short- and longer-term forms of neural plasticity in motion perception — awarded £42525 by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2011
  • The role of short- and longer-term forms of neural plasticity in motion perception — awarded £45781 by SISSA in 2010
  • Rapid motion priming and rapid motion aftereffect with first- and second-order motion: mechanisms and neural substrates — awarded £23247 by University of Padova in 2009
  • Lateral interactions in central and peripheral viewing: underlying mechanisms and susceptibility to plastic reorganization following perceptual learning — awarded £9281 by PRIN in 2007

Research in the Lincoln Repository

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