Melvyn Goodale

Melvyn Goodale


  • Ivey Fellow
    Program Co-Director,
    Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness


  • 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

Cant, J.S., and M. A. Goodale. Scratching beneath the surface: new insights into the functional properties of the lateral occipital area and parahippocampal place area.
Journal of Neuroscience 31, no. 22 (June 2011): 8248–8258.

Ganel, T., and M. A. Goodale. Visual control of action but not perception requires
analytical processing of object shape.
Nature 426, no. 6967 (December 2003): 664–67.

Goodale, M.A., and A. D. Milner. Separate visual pathways for perception and action. Trends in Neurosciences 15, no. 1(January 1992): 20–25.

Goodale, M.A. et al. A neurological dissociation between perceiving objects and
grasping them.
Nature 349, no. 6305 (January 1991): 154–56.

Goodale, M.A. et al. Large adjustments in visually guided reaching do not depend on
vision of the hand or perception of target displacement.
Nature 320, no. 6064 (April
1986): 748–50.


Goodale, M., and D. Milner. Sight Unseen: An Exploration of Conscious and
Unconscious Vision
. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Goodale, M., and D. Milner. The Visual Brain in Action. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford
University Press, 2006.

Goodale, M., ed. Vision and Action: The Control of Grasping. Norwood, N.J.: Ablex
Publishing, 1990.