Dr Mauro Manassi

Dr Mauro Manassi
Dr Mauro Manassi
Dr Mauro Manassi


Accepting PhDs

Email Address
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 272232
Office Address

School of Psychology, William Guild Building, Room F11, Kings College, Old Aberdeen, AB24 3FX

School of Psychology


I got my Bachelor's degree in Psychology of Personality and Interpersonal Relationships at Padua University (Padua, Italy). Right before getting my Master's degree in Clinical Psychology (and starting a career as a clinical psychologist), I fell in love with everything that is about Perception and Visual Neuroscience. Since then, this is what I do and I love.
After my master thesis on motion priming under the supervision of Prof. Gianluca Campana, I joined Prof. Michael Herzog's Psychophysics laboratory at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland) for a PhD in Neuroscience (2009-2014). My PhD focused on how our visual system organizes the cluttered environment around us in a coherent manner (go here for more info about my work on visual organization).
At the end of my PhD, I was awarded of the Early Postdoc.Mobility fellowship by the Swiss National Science Foundation, for an 18 months postdoc in Prof. David Whitney's laboratory of Perception and Action at UC Berkeley (California, USA). Here, I have become interested in how our visual system stabilizes our visual interpretations of the world, turning discontinuous and chaotic retinal images into coherent visual percepts (go here for more info about my work on visual stabilization).
In August 2019, I was appointed Lecturer (~Assistant Professor) in Psychology at the University of Aberdeen (UK). In 2022, I was awarded a prize for Best Research Article of the Year by the British Psychology Society, and I will be giving the keynote at BPS Annual Cognitive Section Conference 2022. In August 2024, I will host together with Dr Constanze Hesse the European Conference on Visual Perception in Aberdeen.


  • PhD Neuroscience 
    2014 - École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne 
  • MSc Clinical Psychology 
    2009 - University of Padua 
  • BSc Psychology of Personality and Interpersonal Relationship 
    2006 - University of Padua 
  • PhD PostDoc 
    2019 - University of California, Berkeley 

External Memberships

Associazione Italiana di Psicologia (AIP, 2021-present)

Experimental Psychology Society (EPS, 2020-present)

Vision Sciences Society (2011-present)

Faculty Board Member of Brain & Mind Doctoral Program at Padua University (2021-present)

Latest Publications

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Prizes and Awards

British Psychology Society Cognitive Psychology Section Award: Best Research Article of the Year (2022)


Research Overview

  • Object recognition
  • Perceptual Organization
  • Visual Stability

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Psychology.

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Accepting PhDs

Current Research


Past Research







My current supervision areas are: Psychology.

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