Aurelio Massimo Bruno


Former affiliation

Personal profile

Research interests

  • My own core specialism is dynamic aspects of visual perception including motion perception, spatial and temporal aspects of vision during eye-movements and the effects of motion on space and time perception.
  • I combine psychophysical experiments with detailed computational models, which can be seen as precise descriptions of psychophysical and neurophysiological theories.
  • My main contributions to date include: (a) the investigation and modelling of the mechanisms that allow humans to experience perceptual stability during eye movements; (b) the development of a new theoretical framework for the study of time perception. The latter work represents one of the first attempts to approach the study of how our brain processes time information from a perceptual rather than cognitive perspective.


  • 2002 – 2005, PhD in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences, Universita’ degli Studi di Firenze, Florence, Italy.
  • 1996 – 2001, Laurea in Psychology (Five-year Degree), Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan, Italy.

I was awarded my Ph.D. by the Department of Psychology at the University of Florence, Italy, where I conducted my research under the supervision of Professor Maria Concetta Morrone and Professor David Burr. Upon graduation, I was hired by University College London, where I worked as post-doctoral research fellow for eight years in the Vision Research Laboratory, under the direction of Professor Alan Johnston. I was funded by a £190K research grant (by the Leverhulme Trust) and by a £175K research grant (by the Wellcome Trust), which I obtained as a co-applicant. In 2015, I obtained the National Academic Qualification as Associate Professor in Psychology, Psychobiology and Psychometrics from the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research. In 2019, I was a awarded a Wellcome Research Career Re-Entry Fellowship to work on a project titled "Temporal Aspects of Gaze Perception in Autism" at the Department of Psychology of the University of York.

Employment History

  • 2019 – present, Wellcome Trust Research Career Re-entry Fellow, University of York.
  • 2005 – 2013, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University College London, London, UK.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Plasticity of Vision At The Time Of Saccades., Univ Florence, Dipartimento Psicol

1 Jan 200231 Dec 2004

Award Date: 31 Mar 2005