Vision, Perception and Cognition

Vision, Perception and Cognition (VIPECO) brings together researchers interested in studying human behaviour and performance taking a multi-dimensional and holistic approach.

The main focus of the team is to understand, measure and develop the skills and processes involved in human actions, including identifying essential environmental cues, optimizing visual perception and behaviour, and developing expert decision makers. The team uses advanced technologies and innovative paradigms such as mobile eye-tracking systems, motion analysis equipment, and video-based designs.

  • Keep your eyes on the road: visual attention in young cyclists (funded by Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation, CIHT)
  • Factors affecting visual attention when taking a soccer penalty kick
  • Visual attention when using your mobile phone
  • Imagery, anticipation, and instruction differences among high and low-skilled judo coaches
  • Development of an anticipation measurement tool in football
  • Visual search strategies among individuals with visual impairment

We're pleased to consider applications in any related area of research and have also identified several exciting postgraduate research projects which could be incorporated as part of a Masters or doctoral programme.

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Find out more about our members on their profile pages.

Dr Kjell Van-Paridon
Dr Matthew Timmis


Tom Bates (DProf)
Harrison Leivers (MSc)

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Timmis, M.A., Allsop, J., Baranian, M., Baker, J., Basevitch, I., Latham, K., Pardhan, S., and van Paridon, K.N. (2017). Visual Search Behavior in Individuals With Retinitis Pigmentosa During Level Walking and Obstacle Crossing. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science. 58, 4737-4746 accepted DOI:10.1167/iovs.17-21573.

van Paridon, K.N., Timmis, M.A., Nevison, C.M., Bristow, M. The anticipatory stress response to sport competition; a systematic review with meta-analysis of cortisol reactivity. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine 2017;3:e000261. doi: 10.1136/bmjsem-2017-000261.

Timmis, M.A., Bijl, H., Turner, K., Basevitch, I., Taylor, M., van Paridon, K.N. (2017).The impact of mobile phone use on where we look and how we walk when negotiating floor based obstacles. PLoS ONE 12(6): e0179802. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0179802.

Gordon, D., Merzbach, V., Gernigon, M., Baker, J., Scruton, A. (2017). The Effects of Non-Contingent Feedback on the Incidence of Playeau at VO2max. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 16, 105-111.

Timmis, M.A., Turner, K., van Paridon, K.N. (2014). Visual Search Strategies of Soccer Players Executing a Power vs. Placement Penalty Kick. PLoS ONE 9(12): e115179. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0115179.

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Baker, J., van Paridon, K.N., Scruton, A., Timmis, M. Does visual search strategy change during soccer penalty kicks taken with the dominant vs. non-dominant foot? European College of Sports Science. Mini Oral. Vienna.

Basevitch, I., (2015, March). Measuring and Training Decision Making Skills in team Sports. 22nd Elite Coaches Seminar (Hong Kong). Presentation.

Liu, S., Meir, G., Boiangin, N., Cologgi, K., Lebeau, J.C., Basevitch, I., & Tenenbaum, G. (2016). Ironic or overcompensating error in golf putting: An exploration on moderators. Oral presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), Phoenix, AZ, September 28 - October 1, 2016.

Timmis, M.A., van Paridon, K.N. (2016). Is visual search strategy different between scored and saved penalty kicks from the same soccer player? European College of Sport and Exercise Science, Vienna, Austria.

Timmis, M.A., Turner, K., van Paridon, K.N. (2014). Visual search strategies of soccer players executing a power vs. placement penalty kick. European College of Sport and Exercise Science, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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The research project on mobile phone use, visual attention and negotiating floor based obstacles has gained widespread media interest with articles likening the change in walking behaviour to that of an 80yr old by the Daily Mail, walking ‘sillily’, in a manner reminiscent of the ministry of silly walks, coined by John Cleese, by The Guardian, and turning our gait into ‘an ungainly lollop’, by The Telegraph.

Pressure to perform at the Olympics

Cambridge United

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University of Central Lancashire
University of Essex
Liverpool John Moores University
York St John University
Cambridge United


University of Gdansk, Poland
University of Zagreb, Croatia
Florida State University, USA
Wingate Institute, Israel

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The Vision Perception and Cognition research area is part of the Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Find out more about our Sport and Exercise Sciences PhD.