William Curran

    William Curran

    Senior Lecturer

    Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 4337

    For media contact email comms.office@qub.ac.uk
    or call +44(0)2890 973091.

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    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.


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

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    Frequent Journals

    • Vision Research

      ISSNs: 0042-6989

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 0042-6989

      Elsevier Limited

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.44 SJR 1.314 SNIP 1.153


    • Journal of Vision

      ISSNs: 1534-7362

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1534-7362

      Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Inc.

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.01 SJR 1.561 SNIP 1.023


    • Biology Letters

      ISSNs: 1744-9561

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1744-957X

      Royal Society of London

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.31 SJR 1.924 SNIP 1.228


    • Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences

      ISSNs: 0962-8452, 0080-4649

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1471-2954

      The Royal Society

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4.72 SJR 2.722 SNIP 1.589


    • Human Movement Science

      ISSNs: 0167-9457


      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.34 SJR 0.824 SNIP 1.235


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