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Dr Kait Clark

Dr Kait Clark

Research Associate

School of Psychology

Tower Building, 70 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT

Research summary

Broadly, my research explores variations in  human visual perception in terms of individual differences and the impacts of  external manipulations. A current focus is motion perception and the  relationship between self-movement and visual perception. When we are moving,  how do our brains determine whether what we see is changing because of our own  movement or because of movement within the environment? Does self-movement make  perception more difficult, or might it be helpful?

Another line of work is concerned with visual  search abilities and performance. Visual search is a ubiquitous process –  humans search their environments on a daily basis, and careers such as  radiology and airport security require critical attention to search accuracy  and efficiency. Despite the frequent use and importance of visual search,  however, humans are often inaccurate, inefficient, or both. Like many cognitive  processes, search abilities are malleable, and my research has examined how and  why cognitive processes underlying visual search can change.

Undergraduate education

BS, Psychology (2008) – Saint Joseph’s  University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US)

Postgraduate education

PhD, Psychology & Neuroscience (2014) – Duke  University (Durham, North Carolina, US)


Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cardiff  University (2014–)
Postgraduate Research Associate and Teaching  Assistant, Duke University (2008–2014)

Honours and awards

Awards/external committees

James B. Duke Fellowship (2008–2014)
Vision Sciences Society Travel Award (2012)
Object Attention, Perception, and Memory  Travel Award (2011)
Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience  Fellowship (2009)

Professional memberships


Vision Sciences Society, Member (2007–)
Phi Beta Kappa, Saint Joseph’s University  Chapter, Member (2008–)
Psi Chi, Saint Joseph’s University Chapter, Vice  President (2007–2008)











ESRC, Moving to  see: The benefits of self-motion for visual perception (2014-2017), £400k  (FEC), awarded to Simon Rushton, part of international ORA+ grant with Eli  Brenner (Amsterdam, NWO) and Michele Rucci (Boston University, NSF)

Research group

Cognitive Science (Perception & Action)

Research collaborators

Simon Rushton (Cardiff University, School of  Psychology)
Steve Mitroff (Duke University, Department  of Psychology & Neuroscience)
Marty Woldroff (Duke University, Department  of Psychiatry)
Alison Adcock (Duke University, Department  of Psychiatry)
Adam Biggs (Duke University, Department of  Psychology & Neuroscience)
Greg Appelbaum (Duke University, Department  of Psychiatry)
Tate Jackson (University of North Carolina  at Chapel Hill, School of Dentistry)
Ehsan Samei (Duke University Medical  Center, Department of Radiology)
Jay Baker (Duke University Medical Center,  Department of Radiology)