About this Fellow
Janette Atkinson is a pioneer in research on human development of vision and visual cognition. Janette's PhD was awarded by Cambridge University. She was a Professor and Pro-Provost (International)) at UCL and is now a UCL Emeritus Professor and Visiting Professor in Oxford University. She founded the Visual Development Unit, an interdisciplinary team started in Cambridge, later in UCL and Oxford. Janette's collaborators range across Europe, Asia and USA (including Johns Hopkins, MIT, Cornell, Salk Institute, UCSD). Janette devised one of the first models of visual brain development, identifying markers in the first months of life for functioning visual cortex, underpinning pattern, motion, depth perception and visual attention. Her novel, child-friendly methods have enabled early identification of visual disorders in preterm-born infants and children and those with developmental disorders, including Williams Syndrome, Down Syndrome, and Autism. She identified 'dorsal stream vulnerability' - a cluster of associated deficits in motion perception, attention, spatial actions and numeracy skills, relating these to specific changes in brain development. Janette is a strong supporter of women's academic careers through extensive mentoring and Athena SWAN (first UCL Lead and National Steering Committee). She is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Academia Europaea.
- Emeritus Professor, University College London; Visiting Professor, University of Oxford
Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 54: 589-595
Progress in Brain Research, 189: 261-283
Progress in Brain Research, 164: 123-149
NeuroReport, 8: 1919-1922
Human Neurobiology, 3: 61-74
Visual perception and its development in early childhood; in particular, spatial, motion, binocular vision, and vision for action, and their underlying brain mechanisms in typical development and developmental disorders
Clinical psychology; phenomenology, diagnosis, neural basis, & treatment of depression & post-traumatic stress disorder; psychological care following major incidents
The cognitive and social foundations of rationality & language; general principles of cognition; philosophical, economic & policy implications of cognitive science.
Sign language as a model to understand human language generally: neuroimaging studies of commonalities in processing spoken & signed languages; the influence of modality of communication on language structure; sociolinguistics of Deaf communities.