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About George Mather

I am currently Professor of Vision Science in the School of Psychology, University of Lincoln. My publications include the books ‘Foundations of Sensation and Perception’, ‘The Psychology of Visual Art’, and ‘Essentials of Sensation and Perception’, as well as over 60 journal articles. I obtained my PhD in the Department of Psychology, University of Reading in 1979, and have previously held academic positions at University of Reading, York University (Canada), University College London, and University of Sussex. My main research interests are in the perception of movement, art and visual illusions. More details on publications can be found under the research tab and also in my personal website ( (Last updated July 2017)

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


(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.

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Research Interests

  • Human visual perception

  • motion perception

  • perception of visual art

Research Groups Memberships

Research Projects

  • The Influence Of The Human Form On Visual Judgements Of Movement — awarded £286945 by ESRC in 2013
  • Computational and psychophysical studies of polarity effects in human visual motion processing — awarded £126654 by Wellcome Trust in 2008
  • Network: Art and Science of Motion Perception — awarded £15259 by EPSRC in 2004
  • Integrating models of motion analysis in the human visual system. — awarded £116520 by Wellcome Trust in 2000
  • The use of image blur as a depth cue in human vision. — awarded £137017 by EPSRC in 1997
  • Psychophysical studies of interactions between first-order and second-order motion stimuli. — awarded £98565 by EPSRC in 1993
  • Temporal properties of low-level motion processes in human vision. — awarded £46155 by MRC in 1991
  • Perceptual studies of high level motion processing in the human visual system. — awarded £58477 by SERC in 1990
  • Psychophysical studies of the aperture problem in motion processing. — awarded £47707 by SERC in 1988
  • Spatial and temporal primitives involved in early processing of visual motion. — awarded £12756 by MRC in 1985

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Module Responsibilities

  • Coordinator - Perception of Visual Art — 2012 to Present

Professional Affiliations

  • Experimental Psychology Society
  • Applied Vision Association