Robert Kentridge

Robert Kentridge


  • Fellow
  • Brain, Mind & Consciousness


  • University of Durham


  • United Kingdom


PhD (Psychology), University of Durham
BSc (Psychology), University of Leeds


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.



Relevant Publications

Norman, L.J., Akins, K., Heywood, C.A., & Kentridge, R.W. (2014). Colour constancy for an unseen surface. Current Biology, 24(23), 2822–2826. DOI:
Norman, L.J., Heywood, C.A. & Kentridge, R.W. (2013). Object-based attention without awareness. Psychological Science, 24(6), 836–43. DOI:
Cavina-Pratesi, C., Kentridge, R.W., Heywood, C.A., & Milner, A.D. (2010). Separate channels for processing form, texture, and color: Evidence from fMRI adaptation and visual object agnosia. Cerebral Cortex, 20(10), 2319–2332. DOI:
Kentridge, R.W., Nijboer, T.C.W., & Heywood, C.A. (2008). Attended but unseen: Visual attention is not sufficient for visual awareness. Neuropsychologia, 46(3), 864–69. DOI:

Kentridge, R.W., Heywood, C.A., & Weiskrantz, L. (1999). Attention without awareness in blindsight. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London (Series B), 266(1430), 1805–1811. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.1999.0850