Applying for my own research funding was an important step for my research career. Having completed one postdoctoral position already, I needed to be able to demonstrate my potential to attract research funding. The Marie Curie fellowship was an excellent opportunity to do this and they substantially increased the likelihood of both future funding and a permanent research position down the line.
John works on visual crowding, the disruptive effect of clutter on our ability to recognise objects, despite their being identifiable in isolation (the more you see, the less you see). He uses psychophysical experiments and computational modelling to explore new aspects of visual crowding. His work will help design effective artificial vision. And spot Wally.