Melvyn Goodale

Melvyn Goodale


  • Ivey Fellow


  • Western University
The Brain and Mind Institute


  • Canada


PhD (Psychology), University of Western Ontario
MA (Psychology), University of Calgary
BA (Psychology), University of Alberta


Mel Goodale’s research explores how humans process visual information and use it to interact with their environment.

He has proposed a ‘duplex’ organization of high-level vision, involving separate but complementary visual systems for the perception of objects, and the control of actions directed at objects. His recent work includes studies of blind people who have learned to echolocate, and how they perceive their surroundings using ‘visual’ areas of the brain, rather than areas that interpret auditory information.

Mel Goodale is also the Ivey Fellow.


Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
Fellow of the Royal Society, U.K.
Canada Research Chair in Visual Neuroscience
Donald O. Hebb Distinguished Contribution Award
Hellmuth Prize for Scientific Achievement

Relevant Publications

Chen, J., Sperandio I., & Goodale, M.A. (2018). Proprioceptive distance cues restore perfect size constancy in grasping, but not perception, when vision is limited. Current Biology, 28(6), 927-932, doi:

Goodale, M.A., & Milner, A. D. (2013). Sight unseen: An exploration of conscious and unconscious vision, 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Goodale, M.A., & Milner, A. D. (1997). The Visual Brain in Action, 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Goodale, M.A., & Milner, A. D. (1992). Separate visual pathways for perception and action. Trends in Neurosciences, 15(1), 20–25. doi:

Goodale, M.A., Milner, A. D., Jakobson, L. S., & Carey, D.P. (1991). A neurological dissociation between perceiving objects and grasping them. Nature, 349(6305), 154–56. doi: