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Research Interests

Visual cognition: object and face perception, visual attention, perceptual organisation

Current projects:

1. The effect of facial disfigurements on attention and perception of faces

2. Visual affordances and tool perception

3. Category-specificity in visual object recognition


- eye tracking, EEG, behavioural experiments

Teaching Activity

PY3112 Mind and brain: An introduction to philosophy of mind


  • Ph.D. Psychology, Universite P. Mendes France, Grenoble, France (1998)
  • M.Sc. Cognitive Science, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK (1995)
  • B.Sc. Psychology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium (1993)

PhD Supervision

f you are interested in doing a PhD or a postdoc in cognitive neuroscience, please contact me for an informal discussion of topics and funding opportunities. Currently I am interested in the following topics:

1. The time course of object and face processing using EEG

2. The effect of facial disfigurements on perception and attention to faces

3. Configural and emotional processing in faces

4. Brain mechanisms underlying object-based visual attention 

Contact Details

Email:  l.boutsen@aston.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 4069
Fax: +44 (0) 121 204 4090
Office: SW 508 (South Wing)


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