I have been a researcher in psychology, and espcially human perception for the whole of my career. Before moving to Stirling in 1988 I held a Scientist post at the MRC Applied Psychology Unit in Cambridge.
I have been involved as expert witness in a range of different forensic settings. The most significant was when I was instructued to provide evidence for the Cullen Inquiry into the Paddington Rail Disaster.
I have been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh since 1995.
Event / Presentation
Analysis of local and global timing and pitch change in ordinary melodies. 9th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition
I am an active researcher with interests in many aspects of human perception. I approach my research with a combination of empirical methods - measuring what people can perceive - and computational methods - developing and assessing computer models of the neuronal processes in human perception.
Abel A, Gao C, Smith L, Watt R & Hussain A (2018) Fast Lip Feature Extraction Using Psychologically Motivated Gabor Features. In: 2018 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (SSCI). IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence, SSCI 2018, Bangalore, India, 18.11.2018-21.11.2018. Piscataway, NJ, USA: IEEE, pp. 1033-1040. https://doi.org/10.1109/SSCI.2018.8628931
Abel A, Marxer R, Hussain A, Barker J, Watt R, Whitmer B & Derleth P (2016) A Data Driven Approach to Audiovisual Speech Mapping. In: Liu C, Hussain A, Luo B, Tan K, Zeng Y & Zhang Z (eds.) Advances in Brain Inspired Cognitive Systems. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 10023. BICS 2016: International Conference on Brain Inspired Cognitive Systems, Beijing, China, 28.11.2016-30.11.2016. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, pp. 331-342. http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-49685-6_30; https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49685-6_30
Quinn S & Watt R (2012) Are the responses generated during a psychophysical task independent of previously presented stimuli or do they depend on earlier stimulus presentations?. Perception, 41 (2), pp. 236-238. https://doi.org/10.1068/p7127
Watt R, Dakin SC & Goffaux V (2010) Stable barcode structures in the spatial scale analysis of images of human faces. Perception, 39 (ECVP Abstract Supplement), pp. 155-155. http://www.perceptionweb.com/ecvp/ecvp10.pdf
Watt R & Dakin SC (2010) The utility of image descriptions in the initial stages of vision: a case study of printed text. British Journal of Psychology, 101 (1), pp. 1-26. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1348/000712608X379070/abstract; https://doi.org/10.1348/000712608X379070
Watt R & Dakin SC (2010) Authors' response to commentaries: Do image descriptions underlie word recognition in reading?. British Journal of Psychology, 101 (1), pp. 41-46. https://doi.org/10.1348/000712609X479735
Dakin SC & Watt R (2009) Finding and discriminating faces using biological barcodes. In: Stoica A, Arlsan T, Erdogan A, Higuchi T, Bouridane A & El-Rayis A (eds.) 2009 International Symposium on Bio-inspired, Learning, and Intelligent Systems for Security, BLISS 2009. Los Alamitos, CA, USA: IEEE Computer Society Press, p. 50. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/articleDetails.jsp?arnumber=5376852; https://doi.org/10.1109/BLISS.2009.26
Watt R & Goutcher R (2009) "Those were the days, my friend, we thought they'd never end ... ". Commentary on: Pollard S B, Mayhew J E W, Frisby J P, 1985 "PMF: A stereo correspondence algorithm using a disparity gradient limit", Perception, 14.4, pp.449-470. Perception, 38 (6), pp. 889-891. https://doi.org/10.1068/pmkpol
Watt R, Ledgeway T & Dakin SC (2008) Families of models for gabor paths demonstrate the importance of spatial adjacency. Journal of Vision, 8 (7), pp. 1-19. http://www.journalofvision.org/8/7/23/; https://doi.org/10.1167/8.7.23
Quinn S, Goutcher R & Watt R (2007) The perception of temporal regularity is disrupted by interleaved irregularity. Perception, 36 (ECVP Abstract Supplement), pp. 112-112. http://www.perceptionweb.com/abstract.cgi?id=v070657
Watt R, Craven B & Quinn S (2007) A role for eyebrows in regulating the visibility of eye gaze direction. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 60 (9), pp. 1169-1177. https://doi.org/10.1080/17470210701396798
Quinn S & Watt R (2006) The perception of local and global timing in simple melodies. In: Baroni M, Addessi AR, Caterina R & Costa M (eds.) 9th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Proceedings. 9th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, 22.08.2006-26.08.2006. ICMPC / The Society for Music Perception & Cognition (SMPC) and European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM), pp. 1538-1538. http://www.marcocosta.it/icmpc2006/proceedings.htm
Watt R & Quinn S (2006) Analysis of local and global timing and pitch change in ordinary melodies. In: Baroni M, Addessi AR, Caterina R & Costa M (eds.) 9th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Proceedings. 9th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, 22.08.2006-26.08.2006. Jyväskylä, Finland: ICMPC / The Society for Music Perception & Cognition (SMPC) and European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM), pp. 30-37. http://www.marcocosta.it/icmpc2006/proceedings.htm
Watt R & Quinn S (2005) Distortions in the visual perception of spatial relations: Implications for visual space. Perception, 34 (ECVP Abstract Supplement), pp. 140-140. http://www.perceptionweb.com/abstract.cgi?id=v050317
McCotter MV & Watt R (2001) Computational and psychophysical investigation of visual perception of mouth movements. Perception, 30 (ECVP Abstract Supplement), pp. 55-55. http://www.perceptionweb.com/abstract.cgi?id=v010196
Carlin P & Watt R (1996) Psychophysical discrimination of spatial structure in natural images. Perception, 25 (ECVP Abstract Supplement), pp. 43-44. http://www.perceptionweb.com/abstract.cgi?id=v96l1001
Watt R (1996) Critical operations in low-level human vision. International Journal of Imaging Systems and Technology, 7 (2), pp. 65-77. https://doi.org/10.1002/%28SICI%291098-1098%28199622%297%3A2%3C65%3A%3AAID-IMA1%3E3.0.CO%3B2-Q
Watt R (1995) Language, music and mind by D Raffman. Review of: Language, music and mind, Diana Raffman, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1993, 169 pages. ISBN 978-0262181501. Perception, 24 (5), pp. 597-598. http://www.perceptionweb.com/abstract.cgi?id=p240595
Watt R (1994) A computational-theoretic account of human vision. In: Ishiguro T (ed.) Cognitive Processing for Vision & Voice: Proceedings of the Fourth NEC Research Symposium. Proceedings in Applied Mathematics Series, 71. Philadelphia, PA, USA: SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics), pp. 103-118.
Watt R (1994) Computational analysis of early visual mechanisms. In: Spekreijse H, van Dijk B, Kalitzin S & Vijn P (eds.) Higher-Order Processing in the Visual System. Ciba Foundation Symposium, 184. Chichester: Ciba Foundation/ John Wiley and Sons, pp. 104-128. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/9780470514610.ch14/summary
Watt R (1992) Why use oriented filters?. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, 12 (1), p. 98. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1475-1313.1992.tb00259.x/abstract; https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-1313.1992.tb00259.x