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, Marxer R, Hussain A, Barker J, Watt R, Whitmer B & Derleth P (2016) A Data Driven Approach to Audiovisual Speech Mapping In: Liu CL, Hussain A, Luo B, Tan KC, Zeng Y, Zhang Z (ed.) Advances in Brain Inspired Cognitive Systems, Cham, Switzerland: Springer. BICS 2016: International Conference on Brain Inspired Cognitive Systems, 28.11.2016 - 30.11.2016, Beijing, China, pp. 331-342.
Dakin SC & Watt R (2009) Finding and discriminating faces using biological barcodes. In: Stoica A, Arlsan T, Erdogan AT, Higuchi T, Bouridane A, El-Rayis AO (ed.). 2009 International Symposium on Bio-inspired, Learning, and Intelligent Systems for Security, BLISS 2009, Los Alamitos, CA, USA: IEEE Computer Society Press, p. 50.
Watt R & Quinn S (2006) Analysis of local and global timing and pitch change in ordinary melodies In: Baroni Mario, Addessi Anna Rita, Caterina Roberto, Costa Marco (ed.) 9th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Proceedings, Jyväskylä, Finland: ICMPC / The Society for Music Perception & Cognition (SMPC) and European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM). 9th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, 22.8.2006 - 26.8.2006, Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, pp. 30-37.