Dr Laura Young

Career Development Lecturer in Psychology

How does the physical process of light entering the eye lead to a visual percept?

We have built an adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscope (AOSLO) for capturing images of the retina. With this system we are able to image the individual light-sensitive cells at the back of the eye in living, seeing humans. Combining this instrument with psychophysical testing we study the mechanisms underlying normal visual perception. We are also working with the Oxford Eye Hospital to study inherited retinal diseases, which cause the loss of the light-sensitive cells, on a scale that is not possible with standard clinical instruments. 

More information about my research can be found here:


Teaching activities

·         Tutor for PP and EP Prelim in Psychology

·         Tutor for Part 1 Psychology paper in Perception

·         Lecturer on Part I course on Perception

·         Lecturer for Matlab Programming for Psychological Research