J. Kevin O'Regan

Psychologist, Person


Who is J. Kevin O'Regan?

John Kevin O'Regan is director of the "Laboratoire de Psychologie de la Perception" at the Université René Descartes, Paris 5. He was the last director of the "Laboratoire de Psychologie Expérimentale" before its dissolution in 2006.

After studying theoretical physics at Sussex and Cambridge Universities, he 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 images and 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 discover, with collaborators, the phenomenon of change blindness.

His current work, described in his book Why Red Doesn't Sound Like a Bell: Explaining the Feel of Consciousness, 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 in relation to sensory substitution, and theoretically in relation to color perception. He is interested in applying this work to robotics.

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on July 23, 2013


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