“As a kid, I was fascinated by the display on visual illusions” – Vincent Hayward

vincenthaywardWhat is the most interesting paper you came across recently (please provide a full reference)? Why?

May sound silly but I got a kick of Adrian, E. D. (1931). Croonian lecture: the messages in sensory nerve fibres and their interpretation. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Containing Papers of a Biological Character, 1-18.


What’s your preferred sensory modality? And why?

If I had to choose one it would be audition. Why? It would be the one I would least want to loose.


How did you begin to be interested in perception?

Visiting the “Palais de la Découverte” in Paris as a kid and being fascinated by the display on visual illusions.


Among your recent papers which is your favorite and why?

Jörntell, H., Bengtsson, F., Geborek, P., Spanne, A., Terekhov, A. V., Hayward, V. 2014. Segregation of Tactile Input Features in Neurons of the Cuneate Nucleus. Neuron. 83:1444-1452.

Because this study gave me the feeling of having stumbled upon something truly new.


Whose work had the biggest influence on your life?

Émile Leipp, Horace Barlow.


If you could collaborate with any researcher you liked, who would it be?

Horace Barlow, Émile Leipp.


Could you describe one mundane detail of your research day?

Pestering against the administration.


What is your most dangerous idea? 

I can’t think of any.


What would you like to see happening in the field in the next five years?

If I knew it I wouldn’t tell you!


What does open research mean to you?

The opposite of closed research.


How has your research on perception changed your relation to art?

I don’t think research on perception has changed my relation to art except, perhaps, that I find myself looking for perceptual effects in music, paintings, in buildings etc. more frequently.


Any artist you would like to work with?

Salvadore Dali but he is no longer available. Pipiloti Rist.


How does your work connect to real life applications?

I entertain the hope that all of it would have practical implications.


Any pleasant recent sensory experience you’d like to share?

The ‘magic moments’ that sometimes occur in music concerts; when the whole of oneself is engrossed in the music with the whole audience it seems.


Any unpleasant recent sensory experience you’d like to share?

Certainly not.

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