Humanities Lab

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


I am interested in vision, attention and individual differences in cognition in normal and clinical groups, particularly Williams Syndrome and Autism. The main topic of my PhD (completed Sept. 2011) was the relationship between eye movements and attention, and the viability of using eye movement parameters to infer dorsal versus ventrally driven attentional states. As part of this research I investigated eye movements in a clinical group with dorsal stream interruption. I am also interested in the development of analysis methods and measures in eye movement data, and in assistive technologies using eye movements as an input. I am the Chair of the board of management for the COGAIN (Communication through Gaze Interaction) Association, and previously a member of the steering board for the COGAIN EU Network of Excellence, funded by FP6, 2004-2009. I am a member of two technical committees for the development of international standards in eye tracking. I come from Dublin, Ireland.


About the research

My research activities cover three main areas:

The relationship between eye movements, attention and functioning of the dorsal and ventral streams of the visual cortex. These streams of processing are related to spatial versus object based visual cognition. I use eye movement measures to explore attentional states and strategies across tasks, attention differences and cognitive style/learning style, and attention and eye movement abnormalities in clinical groups such as Williams Syndrome and Autism. This was the main topic of my doctoral dissertation (2011).

Developing algorithms and methods for treating eye movement data, measuring eye data quality, and extracting measures. At the moment i'm working on the COGAIN technical committee for the standardisation of eye data quality, the CIE/ISO technical committee for a safety standard for eye tracker illumination, and some publications around the theme of applying classical mechanics and interpolation methods to eye data. I'm also interested in applying machine learning and formal modelling to eye and EEG data.

Eye movement data as an input for human computer interaction, particularly for gaze control of assistive devices and implicit measures of cognition for remedial technologies/attention-aware interfaces. This is the basis of the COGAIN Association, Currently i'm working on a proposal to extend previous work and develop gaze-aware learning and communication technologies for non verbal autistics.


Books (1)
Editorships (1)
Articles (2)
Book chapters (7)
Conference contributions (12)
Reports (3)
Articles in specialist publications and popular press (1)
  • Mulvey, F., Perrone, G. & Holmqvist, K. (submitted). Interpolating accurate saccade peak velocity measures and velocity profiles from low sample frequency data. Behavior Research Methods. The Psychonomic Society.

Research portal (Lund University)

Other tasks and qualifications

Awarded the Deutsche Akademische Austauch Service Young Researchers Fellowship for Britain and Ireland, 2006-2009, for research in attention, eye movements and individual differences in Cognition, carried out in the Dept. of Psychology, TU-Dresden, Germany.

Invited young researcher at the Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting for Medicine and Physiology, 2007.

Member of the Steering Board for the Communication through Gaze Interaction EU Network of Excellence, funded under FP6 Information Society Technologies 2006-2009

Elected Chair of the COGAIN Association, 2008 - Present

Invited Lecture for the COGAIN conference, 2007 'Attention and Eye Movements'.

Member & Secretary of the CIE Technical Committee for the development of an international standard for the use of infra-red light in eye tracking, 2008-Present

Member & Secretary of the COGAIN Technical Committee for the Development of an International Standard for Eye Data Quality, 2010-Present

Higher Research Masters (MPhil) Cognitive Psychology 'Cognitive style and eye movements', National University of Ireland, Dublin (UCD), 2006.

BA Psych (Hons), University College Dublin, 2003.

Diploma in Philosophy, Milltown Institute, Dublin, 2000.

Fiona Mulvey

Affiliated Researcher
Humanities Lab

Contact information

E-mail fiona.mulveyhumlab.luse

Visiting address Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address Box 201, 221 00 Lund

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