MA, PhD, ScD
Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience
Linking neuronal responses to visual perception
Andrew Parker graduated in Natural Sciences in 1976 and obtained a doctorate in 1980, from the University of Cambridge. He transferred to Oxford, initially with Beit Memorial Fellowship, and held the Rudolph and Ann Rork Light Research Fellowship at St Catherine’s College. After a year as a Visiting Scientist at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, he was appointed to a University Lecturership in Physiology at Oxford, where he was awarded the title of Professor in 1996. He is Fellow and Tutor in Physiology at St John’s College and has been awarded a Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship (2004-5) and a Wolfson Research Merit Award by the Royal Society. In 2002, he was an Invited Visiting Scholar at the Getty Research Institute for visual art in Los Angeles. He has held a Presidential International Fellowship from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and in 2017/18 delivered the GL Brown Prize Lectures of the UK Physiological Society.
Andrew Parker’s research interests cover a wide range of topics in vision, with a particular emphasis on linking neuronal activity to perceptual judgments. His group has made significant advances in the understanding of the physiology of binocular depth and its relationship with other sources of information about three-dimensional shape. This work has probed the cortical stages of binocular processing with a variety of perceptual tasks and techniques, including single-unit in vivo physiology, visual psychophysics, immersive virtual reality, functional brain imaging, human electrophysiology and computational modelling.