Robert Kentridge’s research examines the relationship between visual attention and visual consciousness and the perception of the material properties of objects.
In 1999, he discovered that prompting neurological patients to attend to areas in which they were blind as a consequence of their brain damage could improve their ability to respond accurately to stimuli of which they were unaware. His recent work has shown that the perception of colour as a material property occurs independently of colour experience – something at odds with long-held philosophical views about colour perception.
Norman, L.J. et al. "Colour constancy for an unseen surface." Current Biology 24 (2014): 2822–2826.
Norman, L.J., C.A. Heywood, and R.W. Kentridge. "Object-based attention without awareness." Psychological Science 24 (2013): 836–43.
Cavina-Pratesi, C. et al. "Separate channels for processing form, texture, and color: Evidence from fMRI adaptation and visual object agnosia." Cerebral Cortex 20 (2010): 2319–2332.
Kentridge, R.W., T.C.W. Nijboer, and C.A. Heywood. "Attended but unseen: Visual attention is not sufficient for visual awareness." Neuropsychologia 46 (2008): 864–69.
Kentridge, R.W., C.A. Heywood, and L. Weiskrantz. "Attention without awareness in blindsight." Proceedings of the Royal Society of London (Series B) 266 (1999): 1805–1811.