DrGuy WallaceDr Wallis is using a range of brain imaging and advanced computer graphics techniques to study regions of the cortex in a project which promises unprecedented insight into the brain's workings.

The work centres on how the brain entertains rival hypotheses or 'opinions' when interpreting ambiguous information from the senses.

“If successful, the results will have a broad impact in the field of human visual cognition and provide insight into the neural underpinnings of consciousness," he said.

“The work has the potential to inspire the design of artificial vision systems as well as more effective means of providing visual information in dynamic environments, such as when driving. Overall it will help researchers to more fully understand the essential linkages between perception, cognition and movement as they occur in a broad range of human skills.”