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David Alais
Current Affiliation: School of Psychology, University of Sydney, Australia
Research Area: Visual and auditory perception

David Alais is Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney, Australia. He has been with the University of Sydney since 2003, before which he was a research fellow in France, funded by the Human Frontiers Science Programme at the Collège de France in Paris, and subsequently a Marie Curie fellow at the Neuroscience Institute in Pisa, Italy.

Professor Alais’ current research aims to better understand visual and auditory perception. One major area of study uses human psychophysical experiments to better understand how the brain combines auditory and visual information to enhance our perception of the world.

Professor Alais’ lab also conducts psychophysical research into audition and vision individually. Much of the auditory work is done in collaboration with Professor Carlile’s Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, also at the University of Sydney. Their work makes use of a large anechoic chamber and sophisticated ‘virtual auditory space’ (VAS) technology to build up a better understanding of human sound perception.


One major strand of Professor Alais’ visual research concerns how the brain deals with ambiguous visual inputs. His studies of perceptual ambiguity often use binocular rivalry as a paradigm, a case where different images are presented to each eye and trigger a random series of alternations in which first one eye’s image is perceived and then the other. Professor Alais was lead author on a book on binocular rivalry, and has contributed several book chapters and many journal articles on this topic, including his paper for WIREs Cognitive Science.

Articles by David Alais

Binocular rivalry: competition and inhibition in visual perception
Advanced Review
WIREs WIREs Cognitive Science
Published Online: May 18 2011
DOI: 10.1002/wcs.151
Abstract Full article on Wiley Online Library:   HTML | PDF

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