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Kevin O'Regan

Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception, CNRS UMR 8158, Université Paris Descartes

Associate Member of the ZiF research group "Competition and Priority Control in Mind and Brain: New Perspectives from Task-Driven Vision"


Kevin O'Regan is director of the Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception, CNRS, Université Paris Descartes. After studying theoretical physics at Sussex and Cambridge Universities, Kevin O'Regan moved to Paris in 1975 to work in experimental psychology at the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique. Following his Ph. D. on eye movements in reading he showed the existence of an optimal position for the eye to fixate in words. His interest in the problem of the perceived stability of the visual world led him to question established notions of the nature of visual perception, and to predict, with collaborators, the phenomenon of "change blindness".

Current Main Research Interests

Kevin O'Regan's current work involves exploring the empirical consequences of a new "sensorimotor" approach to vision and sensation in general. He is particularly interested in the problem of the nature of phenomenal consciousness, which he addresses experimentally and theoretically in relation to sensory substitution, sensory adaptation, pain, color, and space perception. He is interested in applying this work to robotics. Kevin O'Regan has just published a book: "Why red doesn't sound like a bell: Understanding the feel of consciousness" with Oxford University Press.

Five selected publications with particular relevance to the ZiF Research Group

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