The Visuo-Motor lab investigates dynamic vision in the human; how we process visual information when the eyes move and how that information guides eye movement control. 

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Peer reviewed articles

Souto, D., Chudasama, J., Kerzel, D., & Johnston, A. (2019). Motion integration is anisotropic during smooth pursuit eye movements. Journal of Neurophysiology, 121(5), 1787-1797.[html][demo][pdf]

Souto, D., Born, S., & Kerzel, D. (2018). The contribution of forward masking to saccadic inhibition of return. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 80(5), 1182-1192 [full-text]

Souto, D., Gegenfurtner, K. R., Schütz, A. C. (2016). Saccade adaptation and visual uncertainty. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10:3387, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00227 [full-text][pdf]

Schütz, A. C., Souto, D. (2015). Perceptual task induces saccadic adaptation by target selection. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9:566. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00566 [full-text][pdf]

Souto, D., & Kerzel, D. (2014). Ocular tracking responses to background motion gated by feature-based attention. Journal of Neurophysiology , 112 (5) 1074-1081; doi:10.1152/jn.00810.2013 [full-text][pdf]

Schütz, A. C., Kerzel, D., & Souto, D. (2014). Saccadic adaptation induced by a perceptual task. Journal of Vision, 14(5):4, 1-19.[html][pdf]

Souto, D., & Kerzel, D. (2013). Like a rolling stone: Naturalistic visual kinematics facilitate tracking eye movements. Journal of Vision, 13(2), 1-12.[html][pdf]

Souto, D., & Johnston, A. (2012). Masking and color inheritance along the apparent motion path. Journal of Vision, 12(7), 1-18.[html][pdf]

Kerzel, D., Schonhammer, J., Burra, N., Born, S., & Souto, D. (2011). Saliency changes appearance. PLoS One, 6(12), e28292.[html][pdf]

Schütz, A. C., & Souto, D. (2011). Adaptation of catch-up saccades during the initiation of smooth pursuit eye movements. Experimental Brain Research, 209(4), 537-549.[html][pdf]

Souto, D., & Kerzel, D. (2011). Attentional constraints on target selection for smooth pursuit eye movements. Vision Research, 51(1), 13-20.[html][pdf]

van Diepen, R. M., Born, S., Souto, D., Gauch, A., & Kerzel, D. (2010). Visual flicker in the gamma-band range does not draw attention. Journal of Neurophysiology, 103(3), 1606-1613.[html][pdf]

Kerzel, D., Born, S., & Souto, D. (2010). Inhibition of steady-state smooth pursuit and catch-up saccades by abrupt visual and auditory onsets. Journal of Neurophysiology, 104(5), 2573-2585.[html][pdf]

Kerzel, D., Born, S., & Souto, D. (2009). Smooth pursuit eye movements and perception share target selection, but only some central resources. Behavioural Brain Research, 201(1), 66-73.[html][pdf]

Kerzel, D., Zarian, L., & Souto, D. (2009). Involuntary cueing effects on accuracy measures: Stimulus and task dependence. Journal of Vision, 9(11), 16 11-16.[html][pdf]

Souto, D., & Kerzel, D. (2009). Evidence for an attentional component in saccadic inhibition of return. Experimental Brain Research, 195(4), 531-540.[html][pdf]

Souto, D., & Kerzel, D. (2009). Involuntary cueing effects during smooth pursuit: facilitation and inhibition of return in oculocentric coordinates. Experimental Brain Research, 192(1), 25-31.[html][pdf]

Kerzel, D., Souto, D., & Ziegler, N. E. (2008). Effects of attention shifts to stationary objects during steady-state smooth pursuit eye movements. Vision Research, 48(7), 958-969.[html][pdf]

Souto, D., & Kerzel, D. (2008). Dynamics of attention during the initiation of smooth pursuit eye movements. Journal of Vision, 8(14), 3 1-16.[html][pdf]

Conference presentations (selection)

Souto, D., Smith L., & Bloj, M. (2018, March). Where the rubber meets the road: Visually-inferred friction. Poster presented at the Applied Vision Association Meeting, University of Bradford, UK.[Souto.Smith.Bloj.AVA]



PhD studentships: eye movements and EEG (deadline 7 January 2018)

Ten 4-PhD studentships are available in the department through the Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP), a collaboration between Universities of Warwick, Birmingham and Leicester.  My project, co-supervised by Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, aims at understanding eye movement learning during natural viewing. Countless studies have used saccadic eye movements to understand visuo-motor learning mechanisms. The typical …


David Souto

Lecturer in Psychology
Centre for Medicine
University of Leicester
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