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Join Paul Hibberd and Abigail Webb in conversation with Jules Pretty on processing visual information – how we humans see the world, how technology is opening up new options for immersive theatre, and the exciting roles for virtual and augmented reality.
Paul Hibberd is in the Department of Psychology at the University of Essex and Abigail Webb is at the University of Suffolk.
The Louder Than Words podcast is about how ideas improve lives. Professor Jules Pretty created the Louder than Words podcast for conversations on how the world can be made a better place by inquiry, research and public engagement. These are ideas that can inspire individual, collective and policy action.
This is the first podcast from the Centre for Public and Policy Engagement at the University of Essex. There are three series a year: autumn, spring and summer.
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The podcast is produced by Marcus Pierpoint and Luke Fitch of the University of Essex’s Media Centre. Producer of series one and two was Martha Dixon, series three was produced by Alli Walker.
University of Essex, University of Essex
My research investigates how we encode and process visual information to create our experience of living in a three-dimensional world. This research is used in the development of virtual and augmented reality, and particular in the creation of assistive technology for people with visual impairments. It is also applied in the development of neural network models of visual processing, and in the understanding of the sensory basis of migraine.
University of Suffolk, University of Suffok
Abigail is a clinical research fellow at the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Suffolk. Abigail completed her PhD at the University of Essex, where her research explored human facial emotion perception using psychophysical and behavioural approaches. Between 2019 and 2021, Abigail was recipient of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (South East Network for Social Sciences) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, at the University of Essex. During this time, Abigail’s research focused on visual processing biases for facial displays of fear and exploring the efficacy of virtual reality as a platform for existing and potential audiences of theatre.