Areas of Expertise: Vision and eye research
Face Recognition in Patients with Macular Degeneration.
The processes and strategies behind face recognition ability; more specifically, facial expression recognition and facial identity recognition. Additionally, the adaptive strategies adopted by patients with a central scotoma. Developing rehabilitative procedures to enable patients with macular degeneration to successfully recognise faces, is the ultimate aim of this research. This is hoped to evolve from studies that will try to establish the relationship between spatial frequency sensitivity, preferred retinal locus development and success at face processing. The studies will incorporate the use of an eye tracker, EEG, the MP1, as well as psychophysical and visual assessments.
If the rehabilitative procedures are successful, they are expected to reduce the anxiety, depression, social isolation and dependency experienced by people with macular degeneration who are currently unable to recognise faces.
Dr Peter Hills, Dr Ian Van Der Linde, Dr Michael Crossland and Professor Shahina Pardhan.
MSc Cognitive Neuroscience, BSc (Hons) Psychology