Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Dr Quoc Vuong

Senior Lecturer



I studied Psychology to avoid Physics and Chemistry during my undergraduate at the University of Alberta. I was supervised by Alinda Friedman and worked as an RA in her lab for a year. Following that, I did a PhD on object recognition with Mike Tarr at Brown University in Providence, RI. I then took up a post-doc with Heinrich Bülthoff at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany. Finally, I took up a position at the Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University, focusing on the neural mechanisms of object recognition.

Roles and Responsibilities

Subject Coordinator, Joint Honours and Combined Studies Programmes


BSc with Honours, Psychology
MSc, Cognitive Science
PhD, Cognitive Science

Previous Positions

Post-doctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany


Experimental Psychology Society, EPS


Research Interests

How are different sensory cues processed and combined in visual cognition? My research interests are focused around these questions. I investigate how observers use the changing retinal input to perceive and recognize faces, objects and scenes, using a combination of psychophysics, functional brain imaging and computational modelling. I also investigate recognition performance across different species in collaborative work.


Undergraduate Teaching

PSY2009 - Methods in Psychology
PSY3018 - The Damaged Brain: Case Studies in Neuropsychology
PSY3097 - Empirical Project