last modified 31 oct 2009


Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception - CNRS - UMR 8158
Institut Paris Descartes des Neurosciences et de la Cognition
45 rue des Saints Pères
75006 Paris

John Kevin O'Regan, born 24 May, 1948. American citizen. Permanently resident in Paris, France since 1971. Divorced, two children.

Languages: English, French, German.

Complete publication list
(H-factor: 25 (Given by Web of Science in March 2008)

Brief Summary:

After studying theoretical physics at Sussex and Cambridge Universites, Kevin O'Regan moved to Paris in 1975 to work in experimental psychology at the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique. Following his Ph. D. on eye movements in reading he showed the existence of an optimal position for the eye to fixate in words. His interest in the problem of the perceived stability of the visual world led him to question established notions of the nature of visual perception, and to discover, with collaborators, the phenomenon of "change blindness". His current work involves exploring the empirical consequences of a new "sensorimotor" approach to vision and sensation in general. He is particularly interested in the problem of the nature of phenomenal consciousness, which he addresses experimentally in relation to sensory substitution and pain, and theoretically in relation to space and color perception. He is interested in applying this work to robotics. Kevin O'Regan is currently director of the Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception, CNRS, Université Paris Descartes.


Academic Career:

1968: BSc in Mathematical Physics, Sussex University, England.

1968-71: Research towards PhD with B.D. Josephson (Nobel Prize) in solid state physics at Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, England.

1972: Changed subject of PhD to eye movements in reading. Director Jacques Mehler, Paris. Entered Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) as "Stagiaire de Recherche".

1973: Attaché de Recherche, CNRS

1975: PhD from Cambridge ("Constraints on Eye Movements in Reading").

1979: Chargé de Recherche, CNRS

1981: Left laboratory of Jacques Mehler and moved to Groupe Regard (also part of CNRS), to work with Ariane Lévy-Schoen.

1986: Directeur de Recherche II, CNRS

1991-98: Director of "Relais d'Information sur les Sciences Cognitives", CNRS, Paris.

2001: Directeur de Recherche I, CNRS

2002: Director of Laboratoire de Psychologie Expérimentale

2006: Director of Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception

Visiting studentships or professorships:

1975-1976: 1 yr post-doc: LNR group, Psychology Dept, UCSD, USA (Donald Norman).

1978: consultant at Institute for Perception Research (Phillips, Eindhoven, Holland) for work with H. Bouma and D. Bouhuis.

1978: 4 month visit to Center for Human Information Processing, UCSD, USA for work with J. McClelland.

1981: 4 month visit as consultant to Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, N.J., USA for work with J. Johnston (S. Sternberg's group).

1988: 3 month visit to Psychology Department, University of Melbourne (V. Holmes).

1989-92: regular 2-week visits as consultant to Institut for Perception Research, Eindhoven.

1994-97: regular 1-month visits as visiting scientist at Nissan Cambridge Basic Research, Cambridge, Mass.

1995-99: regular 1-month visits as visiting scientist at Max Planck Institut für Psychologische Forschung, Munich.