Michael and Dave were interviewed for Manoto 1's Tech
Show (the largest Persian-language channel) on sensory
substitution, blindness and neuroplasticity.
Michael has been elected Fellow of the American
Achille Pasqualotto is now Assistant Professor of
Psychology at Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey.
"How well do you see what you hear?" Our new paper in
Frontiers in Psychology (with Alastair Haigh, Dave Brown, and
The vOICe inventor Peter Meijer) is now published and received
media attention from BBC Radio
Bristol, BBC Radio 5
Live, Time Magazine and others in print.
Michael and Dave spent a day teaching the BBC presenter
Peter White to use
The vOICe and
talking about the psychological and neural research related to
sensory substitution. The segment appeared on The One Show
on BBC One (15 May 2013). More information here.
Our recent paper in Behavioural Brain Research (with
Achille Pasqualotto and Jade Lam) has received extensive media
attention (more information here.).
We also presented our work at a British Academy meeting on
Sensory Substitution including a demo of The vOICe.
+ Visiting Senior Lecturer in
Electronic Engineering, Queen Mary University of London
Alexandra de Sousa, PhD, Research Fellow
Daniel Finnegan, BSc (Hons), EngD student co-supervised with
Prof Eamonn O'Neill, CS, Bath
David J Brown, MRes, Research Officer, Postgraduate Student
JieYu Lv, MPhil, co-supervised Postgraduate Student (PhD
with Dr Magda Osman, QMUL)
Mu-Yun Wang, co-supervised Postgraduate Student (PhD in
Biology with the Chittka Lab, QMUL)
Achille Pasqualotto, PhD, Assistant Professor, Sabanci
Navid Hajimirza, PhD, co-supervised in EECS with the
Multimedia and Vision Research Group, QMUL
Vivek Nityananda, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of
interest in psychology is cognition. My research has advanced
from first examining cognition and attentional control within
the visual system to now examine how multisensory processing
contributes to perception and cognition. Working with blind
individuals in particular helps to reveal the role of visual
experience for cognition and how the "visual" parts of the brain
process other information in the absence of visual input. Much
of this work has used a 'sensory-substitution' device (called ‘The vOICe’) that
provides visual information by translating visual input into
sound. I therefore study multiple sensory modalities and utilize
multiple methods to best understand the psychological and neural
underpinnings of cognition in human and non-human animals. Other
current projects include the rubber hand illusion, visual
decision-making in zebrafish and bees, perceptual learning,
spatial cognition, numerical representation, semantic memory,
cognitive evolution, synaesthesia, neurostimulation, crossmodal
collaboration, and sensory substitution.
I am also part of a new Arts Council funded
collaboration with three artists and a lighting designer called
to address the question: "How do we perceive our environment
through sound and how can we interpret that for an audience?"
The project was initiated by the artist Jane Pitt.