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1993 …2020
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Personal profile

Particulars

I completed a BSc in Psychology (1991) and a PhD in Psychology (1994) at University College London. Between 1994 and 2000 I held three post-doctoral research positions with Alan Johnston (UCL), Andy Smith (Royal Holloway), and Oliver Braddick & Jan Atkinson (Visual Development Unit, UCL). In 2000 I was appointed as a Lecturer in the School of Psychology, Queen’s University Belfast; in 2011 I was appointed Senior Lecturer

Research Interests

My interests have spanned a number of areas in visual perception. During my PhD and early post-doc days at UCL my research focused on shape-from-shading and depth cue combination. This was followed by a number of years exploring the processes underlying our perception of motion transparency, as well as investigating perceptual development in early infancy. Other, more recent, vision research has been in the areas of motion transparency, interactions between direction sensitive mechanisms, neural mechanisms underlying adaptation in the human visual system, and local & global motion processing.  My current research focuses on time perception, as well as investigating the role of laughter in social interaction.

Teaching

My primary teaching role is delivering undergraduate perception lectures (levels 1 - 3).

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Projects 2010 2016

Research Output 1993 2020

17 Downloads (Pure)

Splitting Time: Sound-Induced Illusory Visual Temporal Fission and Fusion

Boyce, W. P., Whiteford, S., Curran, W., Freegard, G. & Weidemann, C. T., 2020, In : Journal of Experimental Psychology Human Perception and Performance. 46, 2, p. 172-201 29 p.

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Time Perception
Visual Perception
Cues
Fission
Fusion
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The direction after-effect is a global motion phenomenon

Curran, W., Beattie, L., Bilello, D., Coulter, L. A., Currie, J. A. & Pimentel Leon, J. M., 27 Mar 2019, In : Royal Society Open Science. 6, 3, 9 p., 190114.

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Direction compound
Visual Perception
Visual Cortex
Uncertainty
2 Citations (Scopus)
176 Downloads (Pure)

Social Context Disambiguates the Interpretation of Laughter

Curran, W., McKeown, G., Rychlowska, M., André, E., Wagner, J. & Lingenfelser, F., 12 Jan 2018, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 8, 12 p., 2342.

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Laughter
Interpersonal Relations
Competitive Behavior
Wit and Humor
196 Downloads (Pure)

A preclinical screen to evaluate pharmacotherapies for the treatment of agitation in dementia

O'Hare, E., Page, D., Curran, W., Hong, J-S. & Kim, E-M., Apr 2017, In : Behavioural Pharmacology. 28, 2 & 3, p. 199-206 7 p.

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Dementia
Drug Therapy
Injections
Therapeutics
Alzheimer Disease
2 Citations (Scopus)
158 Downloads (Pure)

Perceived duration of brief visual events is mediated by timing mechanisms at the global stages of visual processing.

Beattie, L., Curran, W., Benton, C. P., Harris, J. M. & Hibbard, P. B., 01 Mar 2017, In : Royal Society Open Science. 4, 8 p.

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Prizes

International Fellowship Award

William Curran (Recipient), May 2005

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Promising researcher award

William Curran (Recipient), Apr 2006

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Activities 1993 2017

Perception (Journal)

William Curran (Peer reviewer)
2017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Frontiers in Psychology (Journal)

William Curran (Peer reviewer)
2017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Timing and Time Perception Reviews (Journal)

William Curran (Peer reviewer)
2016

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing (Journal)

William Curran (Peer reviewer)
2016

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Journal of Vision (Journal)

William Curran (Peer reviewer)
2016

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review