Bio

Biography

I graduated from the University of Sussex in 2000 with a BSc (First Class with honours) in Neuroscience. I continued my doctoral studies there under the supervision of Roland Baddeley and obtained my DPhil in Computational Neuroscience in early 2004. After that I started a postdoc with Tom Troscianko and Iain Gilchrist at the University of Bristol. I took up the post of lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Dundee in 2007.

Research

How do we decide what to believe and what should we do about it? I am interested in using Bayesian Decision Theory to gain insight into: visual processing and attention, how we search for items of interest, how we utilise information, how we combine expectations with observations, and how we make decisions. I am particularly interested in behaviours that diverge from normative-rational predictions, and why this might be the case.

For more information, please visit Ben Vincent's personal lab website.

Teaching

  • Understanding the Mind (Level 2)
  • Cognitive Psychology (Level 3)
  • Decision Making (Level 4, and MSc)
  • Research Foundations (MSc)

Publications

May, KA & Vincent, BT 2017,

'Fewer statistical tests … or better ones?' Perception, vol 46, no. 1, pp. 3-5. DOI:
10.1177/0301006616677909

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Vincent, BT 2016,

'Hierarchical Bayesian estimation and hypothesis testing for delay discounting tasks' Behavior Research Methods, vol 48, no. 4, pp. 1608-1620. DOI:
10.3758/s13428-015-0672-2

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Vincent, BT 2015,

'A tutorial on Bayesian models of perception' Journal of Mathematical Psychology, vol 66, pp. 103-114. DOI:
10.1016/j.jmp.2015.02.001

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Vincent, BT 2015,

'Bayesian accounts of covert selective attention: a tutorial review' Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, vol 77, no. 4, pp. 1013-1032. DOI:
10.3758/s13414-014-0830-0

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Vincent, BT 2012,

'How do we use the past to predict the future in oculomotor search?' Vision Research, vol 74, pp. 93-101. DOI:
10.1016/j.visres.2012.08.001

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Vincent, B 2012,

'The anatomy of bias: how neural circuits weigh the options' Perception, vol 41, no. 1, pp. 125-126.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Vincent, BT 2011,

'Search asymmetries: Parallel processing of uncertain sensory information' Vision Research, vol 51, no. 15, pp. 1741-1750. DOI:
10.1016/j.visres.2011.05.017

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Vincent, B 2011,

'Covert visual search: prior beliefs are optimally combined with sensory evidence' Journal of Vision, vol 11, no. 13, 25, pp. 1-15. DOI:
10.1167/11.13.25

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Baddeley, R, Vincent, B & Attewell, D 2011,

Information theory and perception: the role of constraints, and what do we maximize information about? in G Terzis & R Arp (eds), Information and living systems: philosophical and scientific perspectives. Bradford book, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., pp. 289-307.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Taraseviciute, A, Vincent, BT, Schedin, P & Jones, PL 2010,

'Quantitative analysis of three-dimensional human mammary epithelial tissue architecture reveals a role for tenascin-C in regulating c-met function' American Journal of Pathology, vol 176, no. 2, pp. 827-838. DOI:
10.2353/ajpath.2010.090006

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Vincent, BT, Baddeley, RJ, Troscianko, T & Gilchrist, ID 2009,

'Optimal feature integration in visual search' Journal of Vision, vol 9, no. 5, 15. DOI:
10.1167/9.5.15

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Tatler, BW & Vincent, BT 2009,

'The prominence of behavioural biases in eye guidance' Visual Cognition, vol 17, no. 6-7, pp. 1029-1054. DOI:
10.1080/13506280902764539

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Vincent, BT, Baddeley, R, Correani, A, Troscianko, T & Leonards, U 2009,

'Do we look at lights?: Using mixture modelling to distinguish between low- and high-level factors in natural image viewing' Visual Cognition, vol 17, no. 6-7, pp. 856-879. DOI:
10.1080/13506280902916691

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Tatler, B & Vincent, B 2008,

'Visual attention in natural scenes: a probabilistic perspective' International Journal of Psychology, vol 43, no. 3-4, pp. 37-37. DOI:
10.1080/00207594.2008.10108483

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Tatler, BW & Vincent, BT 2008,

'Systematic tendencies in scene viewing' Journal of Eye Movement Research, vol 2, no. 2, 5, pp. 1-18.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Vincent, BT, Troscianko, T & Gilchrist, ID 2007,

'Investigating a space-variant weighted salience account of visual selection' Vision Research, vol 47, no. 13, pp. 1809-1820. DOI:
http://10.1016/j.visres.2007.02.014

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Tatler, BW, Baddeley, RJ & Vincent, BT 2006,

'The long and the short of it: spatial statistics at fixation vary with saccade amplitude and task' Vision Research, vol 46, no. 12, pp. 1857-1862. DOI:
10.1016/j.visres.2005.12.005

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Vincent, BT, Baddeley, RJ, Troscianko, T & Gilchrist, ID 2005,

'Is the early visual system optimised to be energy efficient?' Network: Computation in Neural Systems, vol 16, no. 2/3, pp. 175-190. DOI:
10.1080/09548980500290047

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Vincent, BT & Baddeley, RJ 2003,

'Synaptic energy efficiency in retinal processing' Vision Research, vol 43, no. 11, pp. 1283-1290. DOI:
10.1016/S0042-6989(03)00096-8

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Activities

Workshop on Self-Control and Public Policy

Role: Participant
Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

15 10 2017

What is Attention?

Role: Participant
Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

21 4 2017

ViiHM mini-workshop

Role: Participant
Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

19 3 2016

Tom Stafford

Role: Host
Activity: Hosting an academic visitor

19 1 2017

The Machine Learning Summer School

Role: Participant
Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

13 7 2015

Some food now, or more later?

Role: Speaker
Activity: Oral presentation

22 3 2017

Some food now, or more later?

Role: Speaker
Activity: Oral presentation

16 5 2017

Some food now, or more later?

Role: Speaker
Activity: Oral presentation

10 2 2017

Public talk: The psychology of making decisions (8th April 2013)

Role: Speaker
Activity: Types of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

8 4 2013

Public talk: Science versus belief? Hosted by Dundee Skeptics (1st Sept 2014)

Role: Presenter
Activity: Types of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

1 9 2014

External PhD examiner

Role: Examiner
Activity: Examination

31 1 2017

Bayesian models of perception: key concepts

Role: Speaker
Activity: Invited talk

26 8 2017

Bayesian Modelling for Cognitive Science

Role: Participant
Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

12 8 2013

4th Summer School on Decisions from Experience

Role: Participant
Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

16 8 2016