Benjamin Vincent

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Lecturer
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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

Vincent, B & Rainforth, T 2017

'The DARC Toolbox: automated, flexible, and efficient delayed and risky choice experiments using Bayesian adaptive design'. DOI:
10.17605/OSF.IO/YEHJB

Research output: Working Paper



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:
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



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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: Invited talk

1 3 2018

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

Predictive Processing: Reconstructing the mind?

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

11 1 2018

Invited talk to Dynamic Decision Making lab, Carnegie Mellon, USA.

Role: Speaker
Activity: Invited talk

19 4 2017

Invited talk at Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Role: Speaker
Activity: Invited talk

22 4 2017

External seminar to Behrmann + Plaut + Tarr labs, Carnegie Mellon University

Role: Speaker
Activity: Invited talk

17 4 2017

External seminar speaker at University of Stirling

Role: Speaker
Activity: Invited talk

24 1 2018

External seminar, Department of Philosophy, University of Pittsburg

Role: Speaker
Activity: Invited talk

18 4 2017

External seminar at University of St Andrews

Role: Speaker
Activity: Oral presentation

10 2 2017

External seminar at University of Hull

Role: Speaker
Activity: Oral presentation

22 3 2017

External seminar at Newcastle University

Role: Speaker
Activity: Oral presentation

16 5 2017

External PhD examiner at University of Bangor

Role: Examiner
Activity: Examination

  2012

External PhD examiner

Role: Examiner
Activity: Examination

31 1 2017

External PhD examiner

Role: Examiner
Activity: Examination

16 2 2018