David Souto, PhD
Lab leader

David is a Lecturer within the Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour at the University of Leicester. He is a member of the Vision and Language group and an associate member of the Centre for Systems Neuroscience, led by Prof. Rodrigo Quian Quiroga. He is partial to writing about himself in the third person.

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Jennifer Sudkamp, MScJennifer Sudkamp
PhD student, CLS studentship

Jennifer completed her MSc in Psychology at the University of Vienna, where she applied an eye-tracking methodology to investigate consumers’ attention allocation to social cues in online advertisements. She continued her studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) exploring the role of the visual road environment in the perception of driving speed. During the course of her PhD project at the University of Leicester, Jennifer will be working in collaboration with the Biomechanics and Immersive Technology Laboratory (BiomechIT Lab), led by Mateusz Bocian, to study eye-movement and walking behaviour during road-crossing by using immersive VR.

Saad Almajed, MScSaad Almajed
PhD student, King Saud University Scholarship

Saad is a current PhD student at the University of Leicester. His work is supervised by Phil Duke and David Souto (co-supervisor). He is interested in investigating how the visual system use vertical disparities provided by the two retinal images to perceive the inclination of surfaces separated in various depth planes. He is also interested in measuring the effect of the vertical shear disparities on cyclovergence (the movement of the eyes in the opposite directions about the line of sight) using Pupil Labs eye trackers.

Tamara Gheorghes, PhDTamara Gheorghes
Teaching Fellow

After an MSc in Advanced Biological Sciences at the University of Liverpool, Tamara did a PhD on Motion Perception at Sheffield Hallam University. She then joined the Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour at the University of Leicester as a Teaching Fellow. Her research interests include visual illusions in trajectory perception, evolutionary frameworks for cognitive processes, and the effects of sleep on cognition. In the Visuo-Motor Lab she is investigating the sensitivity of eye movements to motion illusions.

Jack HigginsJack Higgins
Medical Student (3rd year)

Jack is currently studying Medicine at Leicester where he volunteered for David’s Eye-typing Experiment and developed an interest in the Eye-tracking technology. He’s hoping that with working with David, he can develop an understanding of how this kind of research is carried out and eventually complete his own research.

Former members

Olivia Marsh, MScOlivia Marsh
Research Technician

After obtaining a BSc in Psychology from the University of Leicester, Olivia completed an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of East Anglia, where she used eye-tracking to research reading in groups of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, paying attention to how factors like visual attention and perception influence eye movement behaviour in complex cognitive tasks. She worked on a project funded by the British Academy investigating sensorimotor mechanisms of gaze-controlled technology, and how the interaction between a user and such systems can be improved.


Raul Luna Del Valle, MSc
Visiting PhD student

Raúl obtained a BSc in Psychology and further completed an MSc on statistical and mathematical methods applied to behavioural research. He is doing his PhD in the field of visual psychophysics at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, where he studies the inhibitory interaction between motion sensors tuned to coarse and fine spatial scales under the supervision of Prof Ignacio Serrano-Pedraza. Raúl’s interests mainly focus on 2D motion perception, although he also has some experience in 3D motion perception and spatial vision. During the summer months he studied recalibration to background motion during pursuit eye movements in the Visuo-Motor Lab.

Kyle Nacilla, MSc

Kyle investigated smooth pursuit eye movements towards biological motion during his master’s degree. 

Jayesha Chudasama, MSc

Jayesha was on a work placement in the lab investigating how smooth pursuit eye movements affect motion coherence. She is now a PhD student at the University of Manchester, investigating the relationship between motor systems and language processing using a range of neuroimaging techniques.