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Perceptual Learning

Perceptual Learning

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Project "Perceptual Learning" data sheet

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city: EXETER
postcode: EX4 4QJ

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-09-01   to  2019-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER UK (EXETER) coordinator 183˙454.00


 Project objective

Perceptual learning is fundamental to human cognition. It can be defined as an enhancement in the ability to distinguish between similar stimuli (that otherwise would be very hard to tell apart) as a consequence of experience with them, or with stimuli similar to the target stimuli. This allows the wine connoisseur to distinguish between different wines, the bird watcher to tell one warbler from another, and people to identify that face as a given person rather than someone else, if the face is taken from an ethnic grouping that they are familiar with. My research focuses on the mechanisms responsible for perceptual learning. By using a range of neuroscience techniques (tDCS, fMRI, TMS/MEP, EEG/ERP) in conjunction with the behavioural designs provided by experimental psychology I will investigate the neural basis for perceptual learning, test a computational model of the phenomenon, and try to control the development and expression of this perceptual skill. This programme of research will train me in new techniques, further develop my expertise in the domain of perceptual learning, and allow me to work in one of the leading laboratories for this type of research at the present time. It will also allow me to raise my and my discipline's profile, and to do this, as part of this research proposal, I will convene an International Workshop on Perceptual Learning to bring together the various researchers working on this issue and publish the proceedings as an edited book.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Ciro Civile, V. D. Chamizo, Antonio A. Artigas, I. P. L. McLaren
Directional cues and landmark configurations: The effect of rotating one set of landmarks relative to another.
published pages: , ISSN: 2329-8456, DOI: 10.1037/xan0000224
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition 2020-02-27
2018 Ciro Civile, Heike Elchlepp, Rossy McLaren, Carl Michael Galang, Aureliu Lavric, IPL McLaren
The effect of scrambling upright and inverted faces on the N170
published pages: 2464-2476, ISSN: 1747-0218, DOI: 10.1177/1747021817744455
Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 71/11 2020-02-27
2019 Civile, C., Wooster, B., Curtis, A., McLaren, R., McLaren, I.P.L., and Lavric, A. (2019)
Using transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) to modulate the face inversion effect on the N170 ERP component
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