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Melvyn Goodale

Melvyn 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.


Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Fellow of the Royal Society, UK

Canada Research Chair in Visual Neuroscience

Donald O Hebb Distinguished Contribution Award

Hellmuth Prize for Scientific Achievement

Relevant Publications

J. S. Cant 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, vol. 31, no. 22, pp. 8248-8258, June 2011.

T. Ganel and M. A. Goodale, "Visual control of action but not perception requires analytical processing of object shape," Nature, vol. 426, no. 6967, pp. 664-667, December 2003.

M. A. Goodale and A. D. Milner, "Separate visual pathways for perception and action," Trends in Neurosciences, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 20-25, January 1992.

M. A. Goodale et al, "A neurological dissociation between perceiving objects and grasping them," Nature, vol. 349, no. 6305, pp. 154-156, January 1991.

M. A. Goodale et al, "Large adjustments in visually guided reaching do not depend on vision of the hand or perception of target dislacement," Nature, vol. 320, no. 6064, pp. 748-750, April 1986.


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

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

M. Goodale (Ed.). Vision and Action: The Control of Grasping. Norwood, N.J.: Ablex Publishing Corp., 1990.



Program Co-Director Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness

Ivey Fellow Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness


Western UniversityThe Brain and Mind Institute


PhD (Psychology) University of Western Ontario

MA (Psychology) University of Calgary

BA (Psychology) University of Alberta, Calgary



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