Members of our lab have been busy attending national and international conferences this year to showcase the wide research interests of our laboratory and gain useful feedback from our scientific colleagues.
Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC)
The Australian Society for Experimental Psychology (ASEP) hosts the Experimental Psychology Conference annually and this year it was held at the University of Melbourne from 30th of March to 2nd of April. Members from our lab presented posters (Menaka and Janet) and gave oral presentations (Allison and Bao). This was a great opportunity for them to share their new research work with a wide spectrum of people.
Menaka explored the effect of ageing and attention on two visual phenomena, namely visual crowding and surround suppression of perceived contrast in peripheral vision. It was found that surround suppression is increased in older adults when tested in the visual periphery whereas visual crowding remains unchanged. Further, attentional aspects did not correlate with crowding or surround suppression.
Meeting for the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
ARVO is the biggest international conference in vision science and ophthalmology and attracts over 9000 delegates. This year it was held in May in Seattle. Members from our lab who presented were Allison, Andrew, Fumi and our recent PhD graduates Shonraj and Luke.
Meeting for the Vision Sciences Society (VSS)
The Vision Sciences Society meeting was held in May in St Pete’s beach in sunny Florida. Current PhD student Kabi presented a poster titled “Foveal center surround contrast suppression reveals differential effect of aging on intraocular and interocular suppression”.
Asia Pacific Conference on Vision (APCV)
Allison, Astrid, Bao and Janet flew to Western Australia for the 12th Annual Asia Pacific Conference on Vision (14-17th July) in Fremantle. Researchers came from 14 different countries, with keynote presentations from Shinya Nishida (Japan), Concetta Morrone (Italy), and Shaun Collin (UWA).
Bao presented recently published work (‘Normal ageing affects visual contextual effects of orientation, contrast, flicker and luminance’) that was described in our previous lab blog post here.
Janet presented recent findings from a collaborative project with researchers at the Royal Melbourne Hospital on an atypical condition known as visual snow. People with visual snow experience ongoing static in their vision even when they close their eyes – much like looking at a poorly tuned analogue TV. The project is using a range of behavioural tasks of vision that assess the balance between excitation and inhibition in the visual system.