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    United Kingdom

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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Research Output

Social and acoustic determinants of perceived laughter intensity

Rychlowska, M., McKeown, G., Sneddon, I. & Curran, W., 01 May 2020, (Accepted) Proceedings of the 6th Laughter Workshop, Bielefeld, October 2020 .

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  • 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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    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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    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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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
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    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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    Prizes

    International Fellowship Award

    Curran, William (Recipient), May 2005

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Promising researcher award

    Curran, William (Recipient), Apr 2006

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Activities

    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

    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

    Timing and Time Perception Reviews (Journal)

    William Curran (Peer reviewer)

    2016

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