Professor of Psychology, Director of the Centre for Cognition, Computation and Culture (CCCC)
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Room 1-17 Ben Pimlott Building,
Goldsmiths, University of London,
New Cross, SE14 6NW
Object recognition, colour, naming, cognitive neuropsychology
I am concerned with the mental representation of objects. My primary concern is to clarify the relationship between the stored (memory) knowledge concerning objects and their recognition, categorisation and nameability. The role of colour was addressed in my text Cognition through Color published by MIT Press (1991) and has been extended in current research. Working in cultures (Papua New Guinea and Namibia) with minimal colour lexicons we are studying the effects on the way speakers of the language perceive, categorise and remember colours. The issue is being addressed with infants with further funding from the ESRC and with monkeys in collaborative research with the CNRS Marseilles. Neuropsychological investigations have also played an important part of my research in object recognition and current work investigates difficulties in face and object recognition that result from brain damage.
Conference Secretary Experimental Psychology Society (2002-2006)
Davidoff, J., Co-Principal Investigator with Dr J. Fagot, CNRS Marseilles. Categorical Perception and its role in the evolution of language. European Science Foundation. £37,000. (2003 – 2005).
Davidoff, J., Davies, I. de Haan, M. & Roberson, D. (Partners: CNRS Marseilles, CNR Rome, University of Portsmouth, University of Lund and Max Planck EVA Leipzig). Stages in the evolution and development of sign use. 6th Framework EC call on “What it means to be human”. €1.5 Million.
Davidoff, J. Colour categorisation in infants. ESRC. £41,250. (2002 – 2003).
Davidoff, J. with Davies, I. Corbett, G. & Roberson, D. A developmental and cross-cultural analysis of colour categorisation. ESRC. £198,763. (1999 – 2002).
Davidoff, J. Research into Immersive Television. Independent Television Commission. £386,230. (1999 - 2002).
Davidoff, J. Postgraduate Scholarship in Immersive Television. Independent Television Commission. £24,000. (1999 – 2002).
"A local bias in attention" ESRC. £507,620 (FEC). 2009-2012.
Stages in the evolution and development of sign use (SEDSU). Application in the 6th Framework EU call on “What it means to be human”. Total award €1.5 Million. Partners: CNRS Marseilles, CNR Rome, University of Portsmouth, University of Lund and Max Planck EVA Leipzig. (ends April 2008).
The Development of Object Recognition into Adolescence: ESRC with Aston University. £515,391 (FEC). 2007-2010.
A developmental and cross-cultural analysis of colour categorisation: ESRC with Prof I.Davies (Surrey), Prof, G.Corbett (Surrey)& Dr D.Roberson (Essex) £198,763 1999-2002
Immediate Media for Televised Events: Independent Television Commission £386,230, 1999-2002.
Multiple Brain Systems and the Rehabilitation of Face Recognition: McDonnell Foundation: $59,760 1998-2000.The Application of Psychological Evaluation to Systems and Technologies in Remote Imaging and Entertainment Services (TAPESTRIES): European Union: (with Prof D. Pearson and Prof M. Ghanbari) £470,324 1996-1998
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