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Jon Peirce

Professor, Faculty of Science




  • Jan 2007 - Present: Associate Professor, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Sept 2003 - Jan 2007: Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Jan 2000 - Sept 2003: Research Fellow, Center for Neural Science, New York University, USA
  • Sept 1996 - Sept 1999: PhD (Neuroscience), Babraham Institute, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Sept 1992 - July 1996: Undergraduate (BSc Psychology), School of Psychology University of St Andrews, UK


  • Jan 2018 - Jan 2020: Wellcome Trust Technology Development Grant (£207k)
  • Oct 2008 - Oct 2011: Wellcome Trust Project Grant (£242k)
  • Jan 2005 - Jan 2008: BBSRC Project Grant (£230k)
  • Mar 2004 - Mar 2005: Royal Society research grant (£15k)

Research Summary

Neuroscience methods

I also have a strong interest in how we optimally study the brain and behaviour. This led me to create the free software package for behavioural science, PsychoPy and the experiment repository

Initially developed just for my lab, PsychoPy has become a very popular package with tens of thousands of users from all over the world. See PsychoPy usage stats for further details.

Mid-level Vision

A great deal is known about the initial steps of visual processing. We know that humans have neural mechanisms selectively tuned to simple patterns of particular spatial frequencies and orientations. Much later in the visual pathway, in inferotemporal (IT) cortex, cells respond to extremely complex visual patterns such as images of faces. Very little is known about intermediate levels of visual processing, where early visual signals are presumably combined to represent increasingly complex visual features. Characterising those intermediate mechanisms is the primary interest of my lab.

Selected Publications

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