Dr Michelle To


Research Overview

I am interested in how the sensory system processes complex natural stimuli, such as photographs, movies, music and language. More specifically, my research investigates how human observers perceive differences and how different features from the sensory environment are integrated. In addition, I have also studied visual perception in the extreme peripheral field.

In a nutshell, the main topics I am interested include:

  • Natural stimuli perception
  • Feature integration
  • Cross-modal integration
  • Visual perception in the far and extreme periphery

Modelling grating contrast discrimination dippers: the role of surround suppression
To, M., Chirimuuta, M., Tolhurst, D. 15/09/2017 In: Journal of Vision.
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Perception of differences in naturalistic dynamic scenes, and a V1-based model
To, M., Gilchrist, I.D., Tolhurst, D.J. 16/01/2015 In: Journal of Vision. 15, 1, p. 1-13. 13 p.
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Discrimination of natural scenes in central and peripheral vision
To, M., Gilchrist, I.D., Troscianko, T., Tolhurst, D.J. 15/07/2011 In: Vision Research. 51, 14, p. 1686-1698. 13 p.
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A general rule for sensory cue summation: evidence from photographic, musical, phonetic and cross-modal stimuli
To, M.P.S., Baddeley, R.J., Troscianko, T., Tolhurst, D.J. 7/05/2011 In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 278, 1710, p. 1365-1372. 8 p.
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Vision out of the corner of the eye
To, M.P.S., Regan, B.C., Wood, D., Mollon, J.D. 01/2011 In: Vision Research. 51, 1, p. 203-214. 12 p.
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Magnitude of perceived change in natural images may be linearly proportional to differences in neuronal firing rates
Tolhurst, D.J., To, M.P.S., Chirimuuta, M., Troscianko, T., Chua, P., Lovell, P.G. 2010 In: Seeing and Perceiving. 23, 4, p. 349-372. 24 p.
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Perception of suprathreshold naturalistic changes in colored natural images
To, M.P.S., Lovell, P.G., Troscianko, T., Tolhurst, D.J. 2010 In: Journal of Vision. 10, 4, p. 12.1-22. 22 p.
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Perception of differences in natural-image stimuli: why is peripheral viewing poorer than foveal?
To, M.P.S., Gilchrist, I.D., Troscianko, T., Kho, J.S.B., Tolhurst, D.J. 09/2009 In: ACM Transactions on Applied Perception. 6, 4, 9 p.
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Music and natural image processing share a common feature-integration rule
To, M., Troscianko, T., Tolhurst, D.J. 07/2009 In: CogSci 2009. Cognitive Science Society p. 2481-2486. 6 p.

Summation of perceptual cues in natural visual scenes
To, M., Lovell, P.G., Troscianko, T., Tolhurst, D.J. 22/10/2008 In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 275, 1649, p. 2299-308. 10 p.
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When flattery gets you nowhere: discounting positive feedback as a relationship maintenance strategy
Gagne, F., Khan, A., Lydon, J., To, M. 04/2008 In: Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science. 40, 2, p. 59-68. 10 p.
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