Dr Luc Boutsen

Lecturer on the Psychology Teaching Programme 

School of Life & Health Sciences
Aston University
B4 7ET

Email:  l.boutsen@aston.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 4069
Fax: +44 (0) 121 204 4090
Office: SW 508 (South Wing)

Research Group

Basic and Applied Neurosciences

Research Centre

Centre for Vision and Hearing Research

Luc Boutsen

Current position:

  • Lecturer in Psychology
  • Honorary Research Fellow, University of Birmingham

If you are interested in doing a PhD or a postdoc in cognitive neuroscience, please contact me for an informal discussion of topics and funding opportunities. Currently I am interested in the following topics:

1. The time course of object and face processing using EEG

2. Configural and emotional processing in faces

3. Brain mechanisms underlying object-based visual attention using EEG

  • Postdoctoral research fellow, Behavioural Brain Sciences Centre, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK (1999-2004)
  • Ph.D. Psychology, Universite P. Mendes France, Grenoble, France (1998)
  • M.Sc. Cognitive Science, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK (1995)
  • B.Sc. Psychology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium (1993)
  • PY1122 Cognitive Psychology 1 (memory, attention)
  • PY2234 Cognitive Neuropsychology (neuropsychology)
  • Masters courses
  • Final year research projects

I am interested in the psychology and neuroscience of visual cognition: How we use visual information to interpret, navigate and act in the world. My research includes the following topics:

  • shape and figure-ground perception
  • object and face recognition
  • visual attention
  • categorisation
  • methods: behavioural experiments, neuropsychology, EEG

- Boutsen, L., Humphreys, G. W., & Praamstra, P. Decomposing event-related brain potentials during face perception (ESRC, 05/2004 - 09/2005)

I also collaborate in research on the following topics:

- Object and face perception– Glyn W. Humphreys  (University of Birmingham)

- Mechanisms of the visual route to action - Sanjay Kumar, Glyn W. Humphreys (University of Birmingham)

- Similarity and category-specificity – Laura Shapiro (Aston)


- Experimental Psychology Society [link]

- Psychonomic Society [link]

- Association for Psychological Science [link]

- Experimental Psychology Society [link]

- Psychonomic Society [link]

- European Conference of Visual Perception [link]

- Cognitive Neuroscience Society [link]

 Recent Publications