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Michael Morgan

Michael Morgan

Professor Michael Morgan FRS


Elected: 2005


Michael Morgan is an experimental psychologist who has focused his career on visual perception — the ability to interpret the surrounding environment by processing information contained in visible light. Michael has also made important contributions to our understanding of animal learning and the roles of each side of the brain.

He studied early social development in rats and determined the critical role of social interactions in the normal development of the brain and behaviour. His work on motion and eye movements have revived the quest for the location of Zeno’s Arrow. Most recently, he has started to work on the metabolic events underlying ‘mental fatigue’.

Michael is currently Professor of Visual Psychophysics at City University London and a Professorial Fellow of the Max Planck Society in Cologne. He also communicates his work to the general public, publishing articles in the national press. The publication of his popular book, The Space Between Our Ears: How the Brain Represents Visual Space (2001), was supported by a Wellcome Trust prize for science writing.

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Anatomy, physiology and neurosciences
    • Behavioural neuroscience, Experimental psychology


Experimental psychology, Vision, Eye movements, Mental Fatigue, Psychophysics

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