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    Full name Peter Gage Thompson

    Address Department of Psychology,
    University of York, York YO10 5DD UK

    (+44) 1904 433150

    1972: B.Sc. (Reading);
    1973: P.G.C.E. (Reading)
    1976 PhD (Cantab) 'Velocity aftereffects and the perception of movement (Supervisor Oliver Braddick)
    1976-1977 Harkness Fellowship at.Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, (Supervisor Jack Nachmias) 
    1978 - Department of Psychology, University of York
    1990 NRC Senior Research Associate NASA Ames Research Center, Ca


    (i) Books
    Snowden, R., Thompson, P. & Troscianko, T. Basic Vision: an introduction to visual perception. Oxford University Press, pp382, (2006). Revised edition 2012.

    (ii) Chapters
    Thompson, P. Visual perception: an intelligent system with limited bandwidth. In Monk, A.. F.(Ed) Fundamentals of Human- Computer Interaction. Academic Press, London. 1-33, (1984).

    Thompson,P. Motion Psychophysics. in J.Wallman & F.A. Miles (Eds.) Visual motion and its role in the stabilization of gaze. Elsevier Science Publishers. 29-52 (1993)

    Thompson, P Tuning in the motion aftereffect. In Mather G, Verstraten F, Anstis S (Eds.) The Motion Aftereffect: A Modern Perspective. MIT Press 41-55, (1998)

    (iii) Articles in journals (see Publications for pdfs of most papers)
    Tolhurst,D.J. & Thompson,P.G.(1975) Orientation illusions and after-effects: inhibition between channels. Vision Research. 15 969-72.

    Morgan,M.J. & Thompson,P.G.(1975) Apparent movement and the Pulfrich effect. Perception 4 3-18.

    Thompson,P.G. & Movshon,J.A.(1977) Storage of spatially specific threshold elevation. Perception 7 65-73.

    Watson,A.B, Thompson,P.G., Murphy,B.J. & Nachmias,J.(1980) Summation and discrimination of gratings moving in opposite directions. Vision Research. 20 341-47.

    Thompson,P.(1980) Margaret Thatcher: a new illusion. Perception 9 483-4.

    Thompson,P. & Murphy,B.J.(1980) Adaptation to a spatial-frequency doubled stimulus. Perception 9 523-528.

    Thompson,P.(1981) Velocity aftereffects: the effects of adaptation to moving stimuli on the perception of subsequently seen moving stimuli. Vision Research. 21 337-45.

    Thompson,P.(1981) Detection and discrimination of moving stimuli. Acta Psychologica 48 5-13.

    Thompson,P.(1982) Perceived rate of movement depends on contrast. Vision Research 22 377-80.

    Thompson,P.(1983) Discrimination of moving gratings at and above detection threshold. Vision Research 23 1533-38.

    Thompson,P.(1984) The coding of velocity of movement in the human visual system. Vision Research 24 41-45.

    Thompson,P.& Latchford, G.(1986) Colour-contingent after-effects are really wavelength-contingent. Nature 320 525-26.

    Travis,D., Thompson,P. & Gilchrist,J.(1987) Monocular diplopia in multiple sclerosis. Clinical Vision Sciences 2 103-110.

    Travis,D. & Thompson,P.(1988) Spatiotemporal contrast sensitivity and colour vision in multiple sclerosis. Brain 112 283-303

    Thompson,P. & Travis,D. (1989) Making Mayhew and Frisby effortlessly discriminable. Perception 18 231-235

    Travis,D. & Thompson,P. (1989) 'Good' and 'bad' eyes in multiple sclerosis: it depends on the test used. Clinical Vision Sciences 4 211-219

    Stone,L.S. & Thompson,P. (1992) Human speed perception is contrast dependent. Vision Research, 32 1539-1549

    Thompson,P. & Wood,V. (1993) The Pulfrich pendulum phenomenon in stereoblind subjects. Perception 22 7-14

    Thompson, P., May, K., & Stone, R. (1993). Chromostereopsis: a multi-component depth effect. Displays 14, 227-234.

    Turner, M., Austin, J., Allinson, N. M., & Thompson, P. (1993). Chromosome location and feature extraction using neural networks. Image and Vision Computing 11, 235-240.

    Thompson, P., & Wright, J. (1994). Movement aftereffect storage is independent of the intervening stimulus pattern. Perception 23 1233-1240.

    Thompson, P., Stone, L. S., & Swash, S. (1996). Speed estimates from grating patches are not contrast-normalized. Vision Research 36, 667-674.

    Snow, H., Monk, A., & Thompson, P. (1996). Guidelines for the use of multiple choice and computer presented tests for university assessment. Psychology Software News 7, 4-8.

    Thompson, P., & Stone, L. S. (1997). Contrast affects flicker and speed perception differently. Vision Research 37, 1255-1260.

    Hammett, S. T., Thompson, P. G., & Bedingham, S. (2000). The dynamics of velocity adaptation in human vision. Current Biology 10, 1123-1126.

    Banton, P., Thompson, P., & Quinlan, P. (2001). The effect of geometric field of view on stereoscopic spatial judgements. Human Factors 43, 405-414,

    Thompson, P. (2002). Eyes wide apart: overestimating interpupillary distance. Perception, 31, 651-656.

    Thompson, P. (2003). Viperlib: a web library of images for perception. Perception, 32, 1285-1287.

    Dunn, A. & Thompson, P. (2005) "Visual illusions: pointing the finger at the Judd illusion. " in Human Vision & Electronic Imaging X, edited by Bernice E. Rogowitz, Thrasyvoulos N. Pappas, Scott J. Daly, Proceedings of SPIE & IS&T Electronic Imaging, SPIE Vol. 5666 402-415.

    Hammett, S.T., Champion, R.A., Morland, A.B., & Thompson, P.G. (2005). A ratio model of perceived speed in the human visual system. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 272, 2351-2356.

    Thompson, P., Brooks, K., & Hammett, S.T. (2006). Reducing stimulus contrast: speed can go up as well as down. Vision Research, 46, 782-786.

    Howe, P.D.L., Thompson, P., Anstis, S.M., Sagreiya, H., & Livingstone, M.S. (2006). Explaining the Footstaps, Bellydance, Wenceslas and Kickback illusions. Journal of Vision 6 1396-1405

    Champion, R.A., Hammett, S., & Thompson, P. (2007). Perceived direction of plaid motion is not predicted by component speeds. Vision Research, 47 375-383

    Hammett, S., Champion, R.A., Thompson, P., & Morland, A.B. (2007). Perceptual distortions of speed at low luminance: Evidence inconsistent with a Bayesian account of speed encoding. Vision Research 564-568

    Thompson, P, Papadopoulou, G. & Vassiliou, E. (2007) The origins of entasis: illusion, aesthetics or engineering? Spatial Vision 20 531-543

    Thompson, P. and Burr, D. (2009). "Visual aftereffects." Current Biology 19(1): R11-R14.

    Tatler, B. W., Thompson, P. & Troscianko, T. (2009). "Perceptual high-lights." Perception 38: 791-794.

    Thompson, P., Anstis, S., Rhodes, G., Jeffery, L. & Valentine T. (2009). "Thompson's 1980 paper." Perception 38: 921-932.

    Burr, D. and Thompson P. (2011) Motion psychophysics (1985-2010) Vision Research (In Press)

    Thompson, P. and Mikellidou (2011) Applying the Helmholtz illusion to fashion: horizontal stripes won’t make you look fatter. i-Perception 2 69-76

    Brooks, K.R., Morris, T. & Thompson, P. (2011) Contrast and stimulus complexity moderate the relationship between spatial frequency and perceived speed: Implications for MT models of speed perception. Journal of Vision 11(14): 19 1-10

    Thompson,P. & Wilson, J. (2012) Why do most faces look thinner upside-down? i-Perception 3 765-774

    Mikellidou, K & Thompson, P. (2013) The vertical-horizontal illusion: assessing The vertical-horizontal illusion: assessing the contributions of anisotropy, abutting and crossing to the misperception of simple line stimuli. Journal of Vision 13(8):7, 1-11

    Welbourne, L., Thompson, P., Wade, A. & Morland, A. (2013) The distribution of unique green wavelengths and its relationship to macular pigment density. Journal of Vision 13

    (iv) Refereed conference proceedings (selected)
    Thompson,P.G.(1977) Velocity aftereffects: evidence for velocity and temporal frequency coding. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. 16 Suppl. 11.
    Nachmias,J, Thompson,P., Murphy,B.J., Watson,A.B. & Hayes,M.(1978) Drifting gratings: detection and discrimination. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. 17 Suppl. 221
    Thompson,P.(1982) Discrimination of moving gratings at and above detection threshold. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. 22 Suppl. 143.
    Thompson,P.(1982) Coding of velocity of movement in the human visual system. Perception 11 A5.
    Thompson,P.(1983) Spatiotemporal tuning of channels from detection/discrimination experiments. Perception 12 A6.
    Thompson,P., Thompson,M. & Travis,D.(1987) Lowest adaptable channel: scaling with cortical magnification factor. Perception 16 257.
    Travis,D. & Thompson,P.(1987) Wavelength discrimination in patients with multiple sclerosis. Perception 16 273.
    Doney,A., & Thompson,P.(1987) Adaptation to moving gratings: evidence against the ratio model. Perception 16 258.
    Travis,D. & Thompson,P. (1988) Using psychophysics to locate the site of lesions to the visual pathway in multiple sclerosis. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science. 29 431
    Travis, D., Thompson, P., Gunn, J. & Boyle, R.M. (1988) Amiodarone – effects on colour vision. British Heart Journal 59 142-143.
    Thompson,P. & Doney,A. (1988) Temporal-frequency uncertainty effects in the detection of sinusoidal gratings. Perception 17 367
    Thompson,P., Stone,R., Few,G. & Bailey,P. (1988) Computer-aided instruction in visual perception: demonstrations of the ORGY software. Perception 17 419
    Thompson,P. & Wood,V. (1990) The Pulfrich pendulum in stereoblind subjects. Perception 19 270
    Thompson,P. & Stone,L.S. (1990) Speed perception is contrast dependent. Perception 19 390
    Stone,L.S., Thompson,P. & Watson,A.B. (1990) Human speed perception is contrast dependent. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts 16 104
    Thompson,P. & Wood,V. (1991) Stereoblind subjects can see the Pulfrich effect. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 32 708
    Thompson,P.(1991) Contrast and the movement aftereffect Perception 20 84
    Thompson,P., Hill,E., Stone,R. and Stone,L (1992) Hyperplaids: coherence and transparency in 3-component plaids. Perception 21 66
    Thompson, P, Stone L.S., & Stone,R. (1992) Contrast-dependence of speed perception: effects of temporal presentation. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sci 33 973
    Turner, M., Austin, J., Allinson, N., & Thompson, P. (1992). A neural network approach to recognition of structural aberrations in chromosomes. Proceedings of the International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks ,
    Thompson, P, Stone L.S., & Stone,R. (1992) Contrast-dependence of speed perception: effects of temporal presentation. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 33 973
    Thompson, P., & Stone, R. (1993). Chromostereopsis: the relative contributions of colour and luminance to perceived depth. Perception, (Supplement) 23, 9.
    Thompson, P., Stone, L. S., Swash, S., & Stone, R. (1994). Contrast dependence of speed perception: effects of background contrast. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, (Supplement) 35, 2077.
    Johnston, R. E., & Thompson, P. (1995). Searching for two conjunction targets: one search or two? Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, (Supplement) 36, 655.
    Thompson, P., Stone, L. S., & Brooks, K. (1995). Speed perception in the fovea is not always independent of contrast. Perception, (Supplement) 24, 2.
    Johnston, R. E., & Thompson, P. (1996). Visual search for an unknown target. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 37, S15.
    Thompson, P., & Stone, L. S. (1996). Contrast dependence of perceived flicker rate: counterphase gratings don't behave like drifting gratings. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 37, S901.
    Thompson, P., Stone, R., & Walton, E. (1996). Short-term memory for speed. Perception 25, 34.
    Banton, P., & Thompson, P. (1997). Uncoupling binocular disparity from relative luminance and relative size in stereoscopic displays. Perception 26, 4.
    Owen, K. A., Raymond, J. E., & Thompson, P. (1997). Perceived velocity in random-dot patterns is influenced by noise. Perception 26, Supplement, 80.
    Thompson, P., & Stone, L. S. (1997). Up-down asymmetries in speed perception. Perception 26, Supplement, 79.
    Banton, P. & Thompson, P. (1998) Geometric field of view and location accuracy in stereoscopic radar display. Perception (Supplement) 27 149
    Owen, K.A. & Thompson, P. (1998) When does noise affect perceived velocity? Perception 27 194-195.
    Thompson, P, Hammett, S., & Bedingham, S. (1999). The time-course of velocity adaptation and recovery. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 40, S1.
    P.Thompson. (1999). That wide-eyed look: estimating inter-pupillary distance. Perception 28, Supplement, 54.
    Hammett, S., Thompson, P. G., Bedingham, S., & Macleod, A. B. (1999). The time-course of contrast adaptation and recovery. Perception 28, Supplement, 138.
    Hammett, S. T., Thompson, P., & Bedingham, S. (2000). Velocity adaptation is consistent with a ratio model. Perception 29, Supplement, 80.
    Thompson, P., & Dunn, A. (2001). Pointing at the Judd Illusion. Journal of Vision, 1 (3), 255.
    Thompson, P., & Lindley, S. (2001). Are stored aftereffects contingent aftereffects? Perception, 30 (Supplement), 31.
    Hammett, S.T., Bedingham, S., & Thompson, P. (2002). The dynamics of speed adaptation in the human visual system: a parametric study. Federation of European Neuroscience Societies, 1, A083.088
    Dunn, A & Thompson, P. (2002) Different illusory effects of the Judd illusion for perception and action after a temporal delay. Journal of Vision 2 55.
    Thompson, P., & Dunn, A. (2002). Revealing perception and action pathways in normal vision: clutching at straws? Perception, 31, 382-383.
    Thompson, P. (2002). Adapting to missing fundamental square waves: a replication of an unreported experiment. Journal of Vision, 2, 740.
    Bedingham, S., Hammett, S., & Thompson, P. (2003). The effect of luminance upon perceived speed: implications for Bayesian and ratio models. Perception, 32 (Supplement), 104.
    Thompson, P. (2003). Reducing contrast really can speed up faster-moving stimuli. Journal of Vision, 3, 400.
    Thompson, P., Hammett, S., & S, B. (2003). Judging speed in the periphery: effects of contrast. Perception, 32 (Supplement), 105.
    Hammett, S., McHarg, E.L., Thompson, P., & Battye, I. (2004). Interpupillary distance is accurately perceived but overestimated in a drawing task. Perception, 33 (Supplement), 171.
    Thompson, P., & Hammett, S. (2004). Perceived speed in peripheral vision: it can go up as well as down. Journal of Vision, 4, 83.
    Thompson, P., & Hodgekins, J. (2004). Aftereffects and the schizoypal personality. Perception, 33 (Supplement), 38.
    Thompson, P. & Anstis, S (2005). Retracing our footsteps: A revised theory of the footsteps illusion. Journal of Vision, 5, 929.
    Hammett, S., Thompson, P., Champion, R.A., & Morland, A.B. (2005). A model of velocity aftereffects: two temporal filters and four free parameters. Perception, 34 Supplement, 34.
    Champion, R.A., Hammett, S., & Thompson, P. (2005). The effect of isoluminant adaptation on the velocity aftereffect. Perception, 34 Supplement, 231.
    Dunn, A., & Thompson, P. (2005). Visual illusions: pointing the finger at the Judd illusion. IS & SPIE 17th Annual Symposium, 5669, 82
    Thompson, P. (2006). The transition from monocular to binocular vision: An eye-opening illusion of speed. Journal of Vision, 6, 1087.
    Champion, R.A., Hammett, S.T. & Thompson, P. (2006) Journal of Vision 6 1043.
    Dunn, A., & Thompson, P. (2006). Differential effects of the Judd illusion as a function of response modality: Hemispatial effects for pointing but not perceptual line matching. Perception, 35 Supplement, 42.
    Dunn, A., & Thompson, P. (2006). Evidence for a two-stage dual-route model of vision for action and perception using the Judd illusion. Perception, 35 (Supplement), 178.
    Thompson, P, Papadopoulou, G. & Vassiliou, E. (2007) The origins of entasis: illusion, aesthetics or engineering? Journal of Vision 7
    Thompson, P. (2008) Does my butt look big in this? Horizontal stripes, perceived body size and the Oppel-Kundt illusion. Journal of Vision 8 822.
    Thompson,P. & Mikellidou, K. (2009) The 3-D Helmholtz square illusion: more reasons to wear horizontal stripes. Journal of Vision 9 50

    Research Funding
    Thompson, P. 1979-1982 Encoding information about direction and velocity of movement in the human visual system. Science Research Council.

    Thompson, P. 1984-1986 Visual sensitivity in multiple Sclerosis. Medical Research Council.

    Thompson, P. & Bailey, P. 1985-1987 Synchronised opto-acoustical demonstrations in sensory psychology. University Grants Committee & the Computer Board. 

    Thompson, P. 1988 Visual sensitivity in multiple sclerosis. Grant from the Effie Carter. Estate. 1000
    Thompson, P. & Bailey, P 1988-1990 An adventure game to teach sensory physiology. Funded by I.B.M. 50,000

    Allinson, N., Austin, J. & Thompson, P. 1990-1993 Neural models of image classification. Science & Engineering Research Council. 85,861

    Thompson, P.1990-1993 A CRT-based colour deficiency screening test. CASE studentship Cooperative body British Telecom Human factors Division

    Thompson,P. 1991-1992 Chromostereopsis. British Telecom Research Laboratories, Martlesham Heath. 41,000

    Thompson, P. 1993-1996 The integrated study of colour and motion perception.. European Commission Human Capital Program. 2,818

    Thompson, P.1994-1997 Effective 3-D displays from 2-D screens. British Aerospace (Military Aircraft Division). 46,000
    Thompson, P. 1997-1999 Stereoscopic displays. British Aerospace (Military Aircraft and Aerostructures) 154,628

    Thompson, P., Coulthard, D. Hoedeman, W. 1999 ‘Cycle the Solar System’. British Association-Royal Society Millennium Fellowship 6000 

    Hammett, S. & Thompson, P. 2001-2006 ‘Psychophysical and fMRI studies of perceived speed in the human visual system’. Wellcome Trust 117,718 

    Thompson, P. & Stone, R. 2002-2004 ‘Perception Picture Pool: a web resource of images for visual perception’ HEFCE FDTL4. 74,908

    Thompson, P. & Stone, R 2005-2006 viper2go – online tutorials in visual perceptionHEA Psychology Network . 11,000

    Thompson, P. 2006 Viperlib ; Gift from Microsoft Research Ltd, External Research office. 25,000

    Morgan, M, Thompson, P., Grant, S., Fahle, & Rees, G. 2006-2009 ‘Sensori-motor Mechanisms of Extrapolation in Human Vision’. Wellcome Trust. 274,502

    Awarded Vice-Chancellor’s teaching Award 2006
    Awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2006. 
    British Psychological Society Award for Excellence in Psychology Education 2012
    Fellow of the British Psychological Society 2012

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    Fantastic, delivery was brilliant, a very funny man, impossible to fall asleep in his lectures! (Second year student feedback on Perception course)
    I really enjoyed Peter's lectures, he kept my attention, and kept me interested. I like his humour, which made the lectures fun. In my opinion he's the best lecturer at York! (Second year student feedback on Perception course)
    Bubbly, funny, answered questions well when we were confused and woke us up in 9.15's! (Second year student feedback on Perception course)
    They were made more interesting and accessible through the light hearted nature of the lectures (Second year student feedback on Perception course)
    His enthusiastic style was the most engaging of all the lecturers I have had for the entire two years of my psychology course. Thanks for making it fun! (Second year student feedback on Perception course)

    The best lecture we've had. He is fun, but kinda strict. Makes it easy and fun to learn material which in the book is not really appealing and kinda dry (First year student feedback on Introduction to Psychology course)
    The course was interesting and the abstracts that everyone submitted will be very useful when it comes to revision. (Third year student feedback on ‘When vision fails’ module)
    Very interesting lectures, enjoyable lectures, very good explanations of the material. (Third year student feedback on ‘When vision fails’ module)
    I liked the trip to vision express as it gave us a break from seminars. (Third year student feedback on ‘When vision fails’ module)
    Peter Thompson is a really good teacher, so he made otherwise difficult material relatively easy to understand. Plus, he bought us a pint. Can an advanced module get any b

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