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Does stereopsis account for the link between motor and social skills in adults? (2018)
Journal Article
Smith, D., Ropar, D., & Allen, H. A. (2018). Does stereopsis account for the link between motor and social skills in adults?. Molecular Autism, 9, doi:10.1186/s13229-018-0234-4

Background: Experimental and longitudinal evidence suggests that motor proficiency plays an important role in the development of social skills. However, stereopsis, or depth perception, may also play a fundamental role in social skill development eit... Read More

The threshold for the McGurk effect in audio-visual noise decreases with development (2018)
Journal Article
Hirst, R. J., Stacey, J. E., Cragg, L., Stacey, P. C., & Allen, H. A. (2018). The threshold for the McGurk effect in audio-visual noise decreases with development. Scientific Reports, 8, doi:10.1038/s41598-018-30798-8

Across development, vision increasingly influences audio-visual perception. This is evidenced in illusions such as the McGurk effect, in which a seen mouth movement changes the perceived sound. The current paper assessed the effects of manipulating t... Read More

Comparing drivers’ gap acceptance for cars and motorcycles at junctions using an adaptive staircase methodology (2018)
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Robbins, C. J., Allen, H. A., & Chapman, P. (in press). Comparing drivers’ gap acceptance for cars and motorcycles at junctions using an adaptive staircase methodology. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, ISSN 1369-8478

A disproportionate number of road deaths occur at intersections where one vehicle is a motorcycle. Previous research has not systematically varied the type of vehicles presented in a controlled environment. We compared drivers’ (n=54) gap acceptance... Read More

Vision dominates audition in adults but not children: a meta-analysis of the Colavita effect (2018)
Journal Article
Hirst, R. J., Cragg, L., & Allen, H. A. (2018). Vision dominates audition in adults but not children: a meta-analysis of the Colavita effect. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 94, (286-301). doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2018.07.012. ISSN 0149-7634

The Colavita effect occurs when participants respond only to the visual element of an audio-visual stimulus. This visual dominance effect is proposed to arise from asymmetric facilitation and inhibition between modalities. It has also been proposed t... Read More

Comparing car drivers’ and motorcyclists’ opinions about junction crashes (2018)
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Robbins, C. J., Allen, H. A., & Chapman, P. (2018). Comparing car drivers’ and motorcyclists’ opinions about junction crashes. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 117, doi:10.1016/j.aap.2018.05.001. ISSN 0001-4575

Motorcyclists are involved in a disproportionate number of crashes given the distance they travel, with a high proportion of these crashes occurring at junctions. Despite car drivers being solely responsible for many road crashes involving a motorcyc... Read More

The integration of occlusion and disparity information for judging depth in autism spectrum disorder (2017)
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Smith, D., Ropar, D., & Allen, H. A. (in press). The integration of occlusion and disparity information for judging depth in autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, doi:10.1007/s10803-017-3234-x. ISSN 0162-3257

In autism spectrum disorder (ASD), atypical integration of visual depth cues may be due to flattened perceptual priors or selective fusion. The current study attempts to disentangle these explanations by psychophysically assessing within-modality int... Read More

Microstructural abnormalities in white and gray matter in obese adolescents with and without type 2 diabetes (2017)
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Nouwen, A., Chambers, A. L., Chechlacz, M., Higgs, S., Blissett, J., Barrett, T., & Allen, H. A. (in press). Microstructural abnormalities in white and gray matter in obese adolescents with and without type 2 diabetes. NeuroImage: Clinical, 16, doi:10.1016/j.nicl.2017.07.004. ISSN 2213-1582

Aims/hypotheses. In adults, type 2 diabetes and obesity have been associated with structural brain changes, even in the absence of dementia. Some evidence suggested similar changes in adolescents with type 2 diabetes but comparisons with a non-obese... Read More

Relationship between parental feeding practices and neural responses to food cues in adolescents (2016)
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Allen, H. A., Chambers, A. L., Blissett, J., Chechlacz, M., Barrett, T., Higgs, S., & Nouwen, A. (2016). Relationship between parental feeding practices and neural responses to food cues in adolescents. PLoS ONE, 11(8), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0157037. ISSN 1932-6203

Social context, specifically within the family, influences adolescent eating behaviours and thus their health. Little is known about the specific mechanisms underlying the effects of parental feeding practices on eating. We explored relationships bet... Read More

Editorial: perception and cognition: interactions in the ageing brain (2016)
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Allen, H. A., & Roberts, K. L. (2016). Editorial: perception and cognition: interactions in the ageing brain. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 8, doi:10.3389/fnagi.2016.00130. ISSN 1663-4365

Healthy ageing can lead to declines in both perceptual and cognitive functions. Many of the studies in this Topic demonstrate such age-related declines, but also identify links between them. Encouragingly, these links suggest that improving perceptio... Read More

Examining evidence for behavioural mimicry of parental eating by adolescent females: an observational study (2015)
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Sharpes, M., Higgs, S., Blissett, J., Nouwen, A., Chechlacz, M., Allen, H. A., & Robinson, E. (2015). Examining evidence for behavioural mimicry of parental eating by adolescent females: an observational study. Appetite, 89, doi:10.1016/j.appet.2015.01.015. ISSN 0195-6663

Behavioural mimicry is a potential mechanism explaining why adolescents appear to be influenced by their parents’ eating behaviour. In the current study we examined whether there is evidence that adolescent females mimic their parents when eating. Vi... Read More

The ups and downs of global motion perception: a paradoxical advantage for smaller stimuli in the aging visual system (2014)
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Hutchinson, C. V., Ledgeway, T., & Allen, H. A. (in press). The ups and downs of global motion perception: a paradoxical advantage for smaller stimuli in the aging visual system. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 6, doi:10.3389/fnagi.2014.00199. ISSN 1663-4365

Recent evidence suggests that normal aging is typically accompanied by impairment in the ability to perceive the global (overall) motion of visual objects in the world. The purpose of this study was to examine the interplay between age-related change... Read More

Age-related differences in selection by visual saliency (2013)
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Tsvetanov, K. A., Mevorach, C., Allen, H. A., & Humphreys, G. W. (2013). Age-related differences in selection by visual saliency. Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics, 75(7), doi:10.3758/s13414-013-0499-9. ISSN 1943-3921

We examined the ability of older adults to select local and global stimuli varying in perceptual saliency – a task requiring non-spatial visual selection. Participants were asked to identify in separate blocks a target at either the global or local l... Read More

Binocular summation of second-order global motion signals in human vision (2013)
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Hutchinson, C. V., Ledgeway, T., Allen, H. A., Long, M. D., & Arena, A. (2013). Binocular summation of second-order global motion signals in human vision. Vision Research, 84, doi:10.1016/j.visres.2013.03.004. ISSN 0042-6989

Although many studies have examined the principles governing first-order global motion perception, the mechanisms that mediate second-order global motion perception remain unresolved. This study investigated the existence, nature and extent of the bi... Read More

Parallel distractor rejection as a binding mechanism in search (2012)
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Dent, K., Allen, H. A., Braithwaite, J. J., & Humphreys, G. W. (2012). Parallel distractor rejection as a binding mechanism in search. Frontiers in Psychology, 3(278), doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00278. ISSN 1664-1078

The relatively common experimental visual search task of finding a red X amongst red O’s and green X’s (conjunction search) presents the visual system with a binding problem. Illusory conjunctions (ICs) of features across objects must be avoided and... Read More