Perception of surfaces and scenes in dynamic sequences

2 June 2017 - 4:00pm – 3 June 2017 - 4:45pm  |  AOP Seminar Room, Level 2, Room 2.030, North Wing Rupert Myers Building, Gate 14 Barker Street, UNSW Kensington campus

Perception is tasked with recovering useful information about the environment from the available visual signals. Because this visual input is a combination of environmental influences, such as surface reflectance, shape, and illumination, this is often a challenging task. Here, I will present some recent demonstrations and experiments that probe the human perception of surfaces and scenes in dynamic image sequences. First, I will describe how motion cues to surface structure can affect the perception of surface reflectance. Second, I will consider the capacity for scene recognition from short video clips collected under differing illumination conditions. These investigations aim to contribute to our understanding of the mechanisms involved in recovering important components of the environment.


Dr. Damien Mannion is a Lecturer in the School of Psychology at UNSW Sydney. He was awarded a PhD from the University of Sydney in 2010, and subsequently held postdoctoral positions at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco and at the University of Minnesota before joining UNSW in 2013. His research concerns the behavioural and neural foundations of surface, object, and scene perception in humans.