Professor (Arthur) David Milner FRS
Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, Durham University
David Milner is a leading neuropsychologist of his generation. His novel theoretical formulation of dissociable functions of the two main visual pathways has overturned established views and is now widely accepted. This is that the dorsal pathway from visual cortex towards the superior parietal lobe is concerned with the automatic visual control of action rather than spatial localization, and does not have access to consciousness. His meticulous study of several suitable neurological patients, supported by functional brain imaging, has confirmed a variety of counterintuitive predictions in the domains of action control, visual illusions and optic ataxia.