David Badcock

BA Tas., DPhil Oxf., Winthrop Professor

  • The University of Western Australia (M304), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Personal profile

Funding overview

Recent Grants:

ARC, How does human vision separately determine object and scene motion? (2019-2021)

ARC, Using shape change for object perception: Human and artificial vision. (2019-2021)

Defence, Hybrid approaches to evaluating the effectiveness of battlefield displays and  augmented reality systems for the dismounted combatant. (2020-2021).

Defence, Colour digital displays and night vision search performance. (2019)

Defence, Realising the benefit of augmented reality devices in military applications. (2018)

ARC, Coding of Shape in Human Vision. (2016-2018)

NHMRC, Cortical excitation in migraine: using vision to understand and track brain excitability. (2015-2018)
ARC, Human coding of shape. (2013-2015)

Previous positions

Honorary Professor of Vision Science, University of Nottingham, Aug 2012-2014, renewed 2015-2017, 2018-2021.

Australian Research Council, Australian Professorial Fellow (2011-2016)

Winthrop Professor, University of Western Australia, 2009-

Visiting Professor, University of Nottingham, Dec 2005 – Jan 2006.
Head of School, University of Western Australia, Feb 2002-3.
Head of Department, University of Western Australia, Feb 2000-1.
Visiting Fellow, St Catherine’s College, Oxford, 1999.
Professor, University of Western Australia, July 1996-.
Associate Professor and Reader, The University of Melbourne, 1992
Senior Lecturer, The University of Melbourne ,1989
Continuing Status confirmed, 1988
Lecturer, The University of Melbourne, 1985
Visiting Lecturer, Department of Physiological Sciences, The Medical School, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. September & October, 1989.
Research Fellow, Department of Physiology-Anatomy, University of California; Berkeley, California. March to September,1989.
Visiting Lecturer, Department of Physiological Sciences, The Medical School, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. January & February, 1988.
Addison-Wheeler Research Fellow for the Life Sciences. Durham University, England, 1984
Post-doctoral researcher in Physiology. with Prof G. Westheimer. Department of Physiology-Anatomy, University of California, Berkeley. September 1983- September 1984.

Teaching

Courses in Perception and Sensory Neuropsychology

Research interests

Vision has a central role in our relationship with the world as the way we see determines how we are able to interact with the environment. The focus of our research is on human visual performance and has concentrated on the processes involved in extracting motion, pattern and position information. It has examined both the contribution of the visual pathways to individual tasks and the extent to which common neural and perceptual processes are involved in motion, pattern and position coding. The processes are investigated using both normal and clinical groups of observers. Currently the laboratory group is running long term projects examining how humans perceive both the speed and direction of the type of motion produced by moving through the environment, the processes that allow us to determine the location of objects within the environment, the processes that help us to detect and group large scale structure in the visual world and also how these processes are altered in Migraine, Glaucoma, Autism and Schizotypy.

External positions

President

May 20192021

Chair, National Committee for Brain and Mind

1 Jan 2018 → …

Deputy Chair

1 Jan 2014 → …

Honorary Professor of Vision Science

1 Aug 20121 Aug 2017

President

1 Feb 2006 → …

Registered Public Officer

1 Apr 1997 → …

Research expertise keywords

  • Behavioural and cognitive neuroscience
  • Reading and reading disabilities
  • Sensory processing and perception
  • Visual neuroscience
  • Visual perception

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