Kurt Debono, MSc
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Kurt Debono MSc

Early Stage Researcher

Room 314
Justus Liebig University
Fachbereich 06 Psychologie
Abteilung Allgemeine Psychologie
Otto-Behaghel-Strasse 10F

Giessen , Germany 35394
Work: (049) 641-9926113

Education:

  1. I hold a BSc. degree in Speech & Language Pathology from the University of Malta and a MSc. degree in Cognitive Science from University College Dublin, Ireland. In Ireland I worked with Dr. Fred Cummins, studying the visual processing of biological motion in children with autism.

Biography:

The CODDE network investigates the link between sensory input, brain activity and motor output. I am studying this transformation in terms of the relationship between visual input and eye movements. There are various types of eye movements. I focus mainly on the smooth pursuit type, which allows the eyes to follow closely a slow-moving target. My projects deal with how visual input influences smooth pursuit eye movements and how smooth pursuit, in turn influences what we perceive.

Journal articles

- Debono K., Schütz A. C., Spering M., Gegenfurtner K. R. (2010) Receptive fields for smooth pursuit eye movements and motion perception. Vision Research, 50(24): 2729-2739. 

- Debono K., Schütz A. C., Gegenfurtner K.R. (2012) Illusory bending of a pursuit target. Vision Research 57: 51-60.

Conference posters

- Debono K., Schütz A.C., Gegenfurtner K.R. Oculoceptive fields for smooth pursuit eye movements. Vision Science Society conference (VSS), Naples, Florida 2010.

- Debono K., Schütz A.C., Gegenfurtner K.R. Illusory bending of a pursuit target sheds light on early direction estimation. Vision Sciences Society conference (VSS), Naples, Florida 2011.

Talks

 - "Oculoceptive fields for smooth pursuit eye movements" Colloquium on May 26th, 2010 (Current Topics in Perception and Cognition, Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany). 

- "Direction estimation during smooth pursuit eye movements" In Symposium: 'Orienting the Gaze towards Predictions' 16th European Conference on Eye Movements (ECEM), Marseille, France.

Other

- "Bend it like Beckham" A new illusion presented at VSS Demo Night. Vision Sciences Society conference, Naples, Florida 2011.