Dr Anna Hughes

Department of Psychology
Dr Anna Hughes



I completed my PhD at the University of Cambridge, and then worked at University College London and at the University of Exeter. I joined the University of Essex as a Lecturer in 2020. Broadly, I am interested in how humans and other animals perceive the world and how they use this information to make decisions.

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Advanced Statistics for Research (PS947)


Journal articles (10)

Hughes, A., Liggins, E. and Stevens, M., (2019). Imperfect camouflage: how to hide in a variable world?. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 286 (1902), 20190646-20190646

Hughes, AE., Greenwood, JA., Finlayson, NJ. and Schwarzkopf, DS., (2019). Population receptive field estimates for motion-defined stimuli. NeuroImage. 199, 245-260

Šulc, M., Troscianko, J., Štětková, G., Hughes, AE., Jelínek, V., Capek, M. and Honza, M., (2019). Mimicry cannot explain rejection type in a host–brood parasite system. Animal Behaviour. 155, 111-118

Griffiths, AGF., Modinou, I., Heslop, C., Brand, C., Weatherill, A., Baker, K., Hughes, AE., Lewis, J., de Mora, L., Mynott, S., Roberts, KE. and Griffiths, DJ., (2019). AccessLab: Workshops to broaden access to scientific research. PLOS Biology. 17 (5), e3000258-e3000258

Hughes, AE., (2018). Dissociation between perception and smooth pursuit eye movements in speed judgments of moving Gabor targets. Journal of Vision. 18 (4), 4-4

Hughes, AE., Jones, C., Joshi, K. and Tolhurst, DJ., (2017). Diverted by dazzle: perceived movement direction is biased by target pattern orientation. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 284 (1850), 20170015-20170015

Hughes, AE., Southwell, RV., Gilchrist, ID. and Tolhurst, DJ., (2016). Quantifying peripheral and foveal perceived differences in natural image patches to predict visual search performance. Journal of Vision. 16 (10), 18-18

Hughes, AE., Magor-Elliott, RS. and Stevens, M., (2015). The role of stripe orientation in target capture success. Frontiers in Zoology. 12 (1), 17-

Hughes, AE., Troscianko, J. and Stevens, M., (2014). Motion dazzle and the effects of target patterning on capture success. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 14 (1), 201-

Troscianko, J., Lown, AE., Hughes, AE. and Stevens, M., (2013). Defeating Crypsis: Detection and Learning of Camouflage Strategies. PLoS ONE. 8 (9), e73733-e73733

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