Taking part in research

People with and without visual perception problems take part in our research. For some research studies, we are looking for specific groups of people like people over 70 years old or people who recently had a stroke. Other studies are open to everyone.

We usually ask our volunteers to complete a health questionnaire and visual perception tasks on a computer and on paper. The visual perception tasks are activities like counting dots on a page, recognising images of objects, or drawing a geometrical shape. The sessions can take place online, at your home or at the university. A session takes about 30 min to 1 hour, but we can usually split it up in shorter sessions if you like.

We currently conduct our appointments remotely through video calling. You only need basic computer knowledge and we will give you detailed instructions. We can provide technical support over the phone. You can also have someone join you to help with the technology.

If you have any questions about our research or are interested in taking part, please do not hesitate to contact Kathleen at kathleen.vancleef@durham.ox.ac.uk or click the button below.

Public Engagement is sharing the benefits of research with the public. I engage with the public in various ways. In the past, I have visited local primary schools around Newcastle to deliver workshops on how the eye and the brain work together to see. For adults I have co-organised a ‘Science of 3D’ event and ‘Stroke Awareness Day’ with lectures and hands-on activities. Together with a game developer, I held workshops on how we make computer games. I regularly set up a stall at local science museums to demonstrate my latest research and let people have a go. I also participate in national events like ‘Brain Awareness Week’ and ‘Big Bang’.