Admission Price: Free to attend, all welcome
Speaker: Joshua A. Solomon - City University London
Location: Drysdale Lecture Theatre, Drysdale Building, City University London, EC1V 0HB
Professor Joshua Solomon is an experimental psychologist in the School of Health Sciences at City University London. Specialising in visual psychophysics, his main area of research involves exploring the relationship between the limits of perception and why things look the way they do. As there is no obvious evolutionary advantage for being unable to authentically match the intensities of differently situated visual stimuli, which are detectable changes in our environment, the visual system's exaggeration of feature contrasts between them must be a by-product of something useful. In this lecture, Professor Solomon will address the question of whether that useful thing is inherently perceptual, like improved ability to discriminate between stimuli. Professor Solomon became acquainted with psychophysics in 1987. Awarded a PhD in 1992 by New York University, he subsequently carried out post-doctoral research in Syracuse, New York; Moffett Field, California and UCL's Institute of Ophthalmology before joining City University London in 2000. His interests include detection, discrimination, appearance, memory and attention.