Dr Kait Clark

Research Associate

Research group:
Cognitive Science
029 208 70573
Tower Building, Park Place

Research summary

Broadly, my research explores variations in human visual perception in terms of individual differences and the impacts of external manipulations. A current focus is motion perception and the relationship between self-movement and visual perception. When we are moving, how do our brains determine whether what we see is changing because of our own movement or because of movement within the environment? Does self-movement make perception more difficult, or might it be helpful?

Another line of work is concerned with visual search abilities and performance. Visual search is a ubiquitous process – humans search their environments on a daily basis, and careers such as radiology and airport security require critical attention to search accuracy and efficiency. Despite the frequent use and importance of visual search, however, humans are often inaccurate, inefficient, or both. Like many cognitive processes, search abilities are malleable, and my research has examined how and why cognitive processes underlying visual search can change.

Selected publications (2014 onwards)


Full list of publications



ESRC, Moving to see: The benefits of self-motion for visual perception (2014-2017), £400k (FEC), awarded to Simon Rushton, part of international ORA+ grant with Eli Brenner (Amsterdam, NWO) and Michele Rucci (Boston University, NSF)

Research group

Cognitive Science (Perception & Action)

Research collaborators

Simon Rushton (Cardiff University, School of Psychology)
Steve Mitroff (Duke University, Department of Psychology & Neuroscience)
Marty Woldroff (Duke University, Department of Psychiatry)
Alison Adcock (Duke University, Department of Psychiatry)
Adam Biggs (Duke University, Department of Psychology & Neuroscience)
Greg Appelbaum (Duke University, Department of Psychiatry)
Tate Jackson (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Dentistry)
Ehsan Samei (Duke University Medical Center, Department of Radiology)
Jay Baker (Duke University Medical Center, Department of Radiology)

Undergraduate education

BS, Psychology (2008) – Saint Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US)

Postgraduate education

PhD, Psychology & Neuroscience (2014) – Duke University (Durham, North Carolina, US)

Awards/external committees

James B. Duke Fellowship (2008–2014)
Vision Sciences Society Travel Award (2012)
Object Attention, Perception, and Memory Travel Award (2011)
Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience Fellowship (2009)


Vision Sciences Society, Member (2007–)
Phi Beta Kappa, Saint Joseph’s University Chapter, Member (2008–)
Psi Chi, Saint Joseph’s University Chapter, Vice President (2007–2008)


Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cardiff University (2014–)
Postgraduate Research Associate and Teaching Assistant, Duke University (2008–2014)