About the Centre

The Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience (CSPE) facilitates analytical philosophical and empirical research into the nature of perceptual experience drawing on philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, psychiatry,  human–computer interaction, and artistic practice. Our researchers often work in an interdisciplinary manner drawing on these fields.

We consist of a core group of faculty, postdocs, and graduate students at the University of Glasgow, together with a wider group of researchers from around the world. We have research links to many research groups in the UK, Europe and North America working on the nature of perception and we frequently host academic visitors from around the world.

Our main topics of interest are the phenomenal character of experience, pain and suffering, illusion and hallucinaiton, virtual and augmented reality, the senses, colour, imagination, and emotion. See the research of our members from our personnel page.

We conduct and publish research, often based on the projects, conferences, workshops and seminars that we organise. In particular, we organise the Philosophy, Psychology, Neuroscience (PPN) Seminar at Glasgow fortnightly on Mondays.

Our research has a lot of impact . We are involved in a project on aphantasia (The Eye's Mind), that conducts outreach work to those with aphantasia and hyperphantasia, and have produced an online art exhibition, launched May 2020, on the topic of Extreme Imagination.

We work with our industry partners Sublime and Cupboard Games. With the former we have developed VR apps for teaching in higher education on project Mobius, and now, in the time of Covid, they have been transformed into VR experiences that can be delivered to students via mainstream platforms such as Zoom or Teams, that mean the students do not require specialist hardware. This is known as EDIFY.

We carry out a lot of interaction with the public demonstrating perception at our research stalls and other public events, and we have a lot of online material aimed at the general public too, such as the The Illusions Index.

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