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Dr Paul Warren B.Sc. (Hons.), Ph.D.

Photograph of Paul Warren

Senior Lecturer


  • Postgraduate Research Tutor


Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies

  • Applied Vision Association
  • Vision Sciences Society
  • Cognitive Sciences Society
  • Editorial Board member for Perception & iPerception


Perception and Action

Contour and shape; motion processing; optic flow; binocular vision; sensory integration; Bayesian vision; shape from texture; eye movements; extra-ocular mechanics and control

Human Judgement and Decision Making

Perception of randomness; Perceptual, perceptuo-motor and cognitive decision making under risk


Mathematical modelling for Psychology and Neuroscience; Models of human performance and behaviour

Methodological Knowledge

  • Visual Psychophysics
  • Computational Modelling


Undergraduate level

  • PSYC10100: Research Methods & Statistics (Unit Leader)
  • PSYC21012: Perception and Action
  • PSYC31012: Landmark studies in Percetion 
  • PSYC30920: Final Year Research Project

Masters level

  • Cognitive Science module for Cognitive Brain Imaging MSc

PhD supervision (University of Manchester unless stated)

  • Andreas Jarvstad (Cardiff Univerisity, School of Psychology) - completed 2012, ESRC funded
  • Cassandra Rogers (Cardiff Univertsity, School of Psychology) - completed 2014, ESRC funded
  • George Farmer - completed 2014, ESRC funded
  • Daniel Poole - started 2011, ESRC funded
  • Stephen Jachim - started 2011



  • B.Sc. (Hons) June 1995. Pure, Applied and Computational Mathematics. University of Sheffield. U.K.
  • Ph.D., May 2000. Thesis: Mathematical Models of 3-D Ocular Mechanics and Control
    Artificial Intelligence and Vision Research Unit (AIVRU), Dept. of Psychology, University of Sheffield., U.K.

Previous Employment

  • Nov 1999 – Nov 2001: Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Dept. of Psychology and Center for Neural Science New York University. U.S.A.
  • Jun 2002 – July 2003: Post-doctoral Research Associate, Dept. of Psychology, Glasgow University. U.K.
  • Aug 2003 – Aug 2004: Post-doctoral Research Associate, School of Psychology, Cardiff University, U.K.
  • Sept 2004 – Feb 2007: Senior Consultant, Centre for human Sciences, QinetiQ Ltd.
  • Feb 2007– July 2009: Research Fellow of the Wales Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience(WICN), School of Psychology, Cardiff University, U.K.

Collaborators and affiliated staff

  • Prof. Wael El-Deredy, School of Psychological Sciences, University of Machester, U.K.
  • Dr. Andrew Foulkes, Dept. of Mathematics, Liverpool Hope University, U.K
  • Prof. Tom Freeman, School of Psychology, Cardiff University, U.K. 
  • Dr. Umberto Gostoli, School of Psychological Sciences, University of Machester, U.K. 
  • Dr. Eric Graf, Dept. of Psychology, University of Southampton, U.K.
  • Prof. Ulrike Hahn, Dept. of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London, U.K.
  • Prof. Andrew Howes, School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, U.K.
  • Dr. Andreas Jarvstad, School of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol, U.K.
  • Prof. Laurence Maloney, Dept. of Psychology and Center for Neural Science, New York University, U.S.A.
  • Prof. Simon Rushton, School of Psychology, Cardiff University, U.K.
  • Prof. Horst Zank, School of Economics, University of Mancehster, U. K.

Selected publications


  • Mcloughlin, N., Jachim, S., Warren, P. A., McLoughlin, N., & Gowen, E. (2015).

    Collinear facilitation and contour integration in autism: evidence for atypical visual integration. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, [115]. DOI:10.3389/fnhum.2015.00115
    . Publication link: 2f1f3e93-1448-40f0-9880-1cd5bc5db733
  • Warren, P. A., Poole, D., Couth, S., Gowen, E., & Poliakoff, E. (2015).

    Adapting the crossmodal congruency task for measuring the limits of visual-tactile interactions within and between groups. Multisensory research.
    . Publication link: 2fc94d71-2847-42d4-a62a-2240977b900c


  • Jarvstad, A., Hahn, U., Warren, P. A., & Rushton, S. K. (2014).

    Are perceptuo-motor decisions really more optimal than cognitive decisions?. Cognition, 130(3), 397-416. DOI:10.1016/j.cognition.2013.09.009
    . Publication link: 62d0762d-f35a-46f7-937e-05631ebed838
  • Warren, P., Bello, P. (Ed.), Guarani, M. (Ed.), McShane, M. (Ed.), & Scassellati, B. (Ed.) (2014).

    Assessing the “bias” in human randomness perception. In P. Bello, M. Guarani, M. McShane, & B. Scassellati (Eds.), Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. (pp. 3072-3077). Austin TX: Cognitive Science Society.
    . Publication link: b02e796f-e0a7-480a-96c6-3e2a3c53e6a9


  • Foulkes, A. J., Rushton, S. K., & Warren, P. A. (2013).

    Flow parsing and heading perception show similar dependence on quality and quantity of optic flow. Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience, (MAY). DOI:10.3389/fnbeh.2013.00049
    . Publication link: 10e00fdb-cf03-4600-8704-3307e756631f
  • Foulkes, A. J., Rushton, S. K., & Warren, P. A. (2013).

    Heading recovery from optic flow: Comparing performance of humans and computational models. Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience, (MAY). DOI:10.3389/fnbeh.2013.00053
    . Publication link: d7d21e98-12d4-4a22-9489-b1bfc67b34ed
  • Warren, P. A., Jarvstad, A. H., & U. Rushton, S. K. (2013).

    Perceptuo-motor, cognitive, and description-based decision-making seem equally good. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 110(40), 16271-16276.
    . Publication link: 105701ea-fdd7-4f27-af27-2edebf1af96e




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