I studied Physics, Biology and English at A-Level at Biddenham Upper School. Studied Experimental Psychology at Bristol, where I was fortunate to meet Tom Troscianko, Richard Gregory and Nick Scott-Samuel, who collectively inspired my interest in vision science.

I then moved to Durham were I completed an ESRC masters with Charles Fernyhough, exploring individual differences in Theory of Mind ability and the propensity to mentalize. I then completed a PhD with David Milner (FRS) and Robert Kentridge, looking at the influence of the way we organize visual input on the allocation of covert attention. During my PhD I was fortunate to get to run a number of studies with patient DF, which prompted my interest in the potential for Neuropsychological research. During my PhD I also worked in the lab of Catherine Tallon-Baudry in Paris looking at the role of consciousness in perceptual organization and attention, and the lab of Geraint Rees at UCL were I looked at the neural correlates of perceiving the hollow face illusion.

After my PhD, I wanted to move to a big lab, with longer term funding, and found a perfect home in Johan Wageman’s GestaltRevision program, first as a post-doc on that program and then with a fellowship from the research foundation (Flanders, FWO). My post-doctoral work has continued to focus on behavioural work looking at perceptual organization, and in particular what happens to parts when integrated into wholes. I also made a further foray into fMRI with Hans Op de Beeck looking at the neural correlates of perceptual organization. My focus has however shifted towards the clinical assessment of vision, both to improve applied research, but also as a theoretical tool, using visual deficits as a potential window to broader changes cognitive and neural function in different patient groups.