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Research and Innovation

Our work

Historic work

Military simulation research

We delivered a research project, funded by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, which utilised a weapon simulation (see image).

The research explored the use of Quiet eye training to improve marksmanship skills in simulated environments.  



With funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) we worked with Exeter-based airline Flybe to use flight simulators in the assessment of a pilot’s reaction to pressure.


Surgery simulation and robotics

We performed a number of studies to explore the fidelity of surgical simulations for laparoscopic surgery. We tested the construct validity of a TURP simulator and also adopted eye tracking technology to validate the simulation against real-life operations.

With funding from Intuitive Surgical, we also explored the performance and cognitive benefits of the DaVinci surgical robot from the perspective of the surgeon, including learning, stress and workload.

We also explore the role of observational learning, in the acquisition of robotic surgical skills. (Link to experimental work).


360° video: the DaVinci surgical robot. Click and drag to rotate the camera. Watch on YouTube

Driving simulation

We have previously used simulated rally driving to explore the link between eye movements and steering movements and test theories about the disruptive effects of anxiety on attention.

Additionally, simulated driving is an ideal environment in which to explore the psychophysiological determinants of flow, a peak performance state of intense concentration and motivation (see publications).