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Department of Psychology


Key publications: 

H. J. A. Dartnall, J. K. Bowmaker and J. D. Mollon (1983) Human visual pigments: microspectrophotometric results from the eyes of seven persons. Proc. Roy. Soc. B 220, 115-130

J. D. Mollon, J. K. Bowmaker and G. H. Jacobs (1984) Variations of colour vision in a New World primate can be explained by polymorphism of retinal photopigments. Proc. Roy. Soc. B.222, 373-399

J. D. Mollon (1989) "Tho' she kneel'd in that Place where they Grew". J. exp. Biol. 146, 21-38

D. M. Hunt, K. Dulai, J. K. Bowmaker and J. D. Mollon (1995) The chemistry of John Dalton's color blindness. Science 267, 984-988

F. Viénot, H. Brettel, L. Ott, A. B. M'Barek and J. D. Mollon (1995) What do colour-blind people see? Nature 376, 127-128

J. D. Mollon and M. V. Danilova (1996) Three remarks on perceptual learning. Spatial Vision 10, 51-58.

Regan, B. C., Julliot, C., Simmen, B., Viénot, F., Charles-Dominique, P. and Mollon, J. D. (2001) Fruits, foliage and the evolution of primate colour vision. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 356, 229-283

Smithson, H. E. and Mollon, J. D. (2006) Do masks terminate the icon? Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 59, 150-160

Mollon, J. D. (2006) Monge Visual Neuroscience 23, 297-309

To, M., Regan, B. C., Wood, D. and Mollon, J. D. (2011) Vision out of the corner of the eye. Vision Research 51, 203-214

Danilova, M. V. and Mollon, J. D. (2012) Foveal color perception: Minimal thresholds at a boundary between perceptual categories. Vision Research 62, 162-172

Goodbourn, P. T., Bosten, J. M., Hogg, R. E., Bargary, G., Lawrance-Owen, A. and Mollon, J. D. (2012) Do different 'magnocellular tasks' probe the same neural substrate? Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279, 4263-4271

Danilova, M. V. and Mollon, J. D.  ( 2014 Is discrimination enhanced at the boundaries of perceptual categories? A negative case  Proceedings of the Royal Society B  vol 281;DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0367

Danilova, M. V. and Mollon, J. D.  ( 2016 Superior discrimination for hue than for saturation; and an explanation in terms of correlated neural noise.  Proceedings of the Royal Society B  281, 20160164

Bosten, J. M., Goodbourn, P. T., Bargary, G., Verhallen, R. J., Lawrance-Owen, A. J., Hogg, R.E. and Mollon, J. D.  ( 2017 An exploratory factor analysis of visual performance in a large population  Vision Research 141, 303-316

Verhallen, R. J., Bosten, J. M., Goodbourn, P. T., Lawrance-Owen, A. J., Bargary, G. and Mollon, J. D.  ( 2017 General and specific factors in the processing of faces  Vision Research  141, 217-227

Verhallen, R. J., Bosten, J. M., Goodbourn, P. T., Lawrance-Owen, A. J., Bargary, G. and Mollon, J. D.  ( 2017 The oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR) and face recognition.  Psychological Science  i28, 47-55

Bargary, G.  Bosten, J. M., Goodbourn, P. T., Lawrance-Owen, A. J., Hogg, R. E. and Mollon, J. D.  ( 2017 Individual differences in human eye movements: an oculomotor signature?  Vision Research  141, 157-169

Mollon, J. D., Bosten, J. M., Peterzell, D. H. and Webster, M. A. (2017) Individual differences in visual science:  What can be learned and what is good experimental practice?  Vision Research, 141, 4-15

Jordan, G and Mollon, J. (2019) Tetrachromacy:  The mysterious case of extra-ordinary color vision.  Current Opinion of Behavioral Sciences, 30, 130--134.

Veto, P., Thomas, P.B.M., Alexander, P., Wemys, T. A. and Mollon, J. D.  (2020) 'The last channel': Vision at the temporal margin of the field.  Proceedings of the Royal Soceity B, 287, 202006076

Takahashi, C., Mollon, J, and Danilova, M. (2020) Separation in the visual field has divergent effects on discriminating the speed and the direction of motion.  Current Biology, 30, R1250-R1251

Mollon, John D., Takahashi, Chie, and Danilova, Marina V. (2022) What kind of network is the brain?  Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 26, 312-324

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Professor of Visual Neuroscience
College Lecturer and Director of Studies in Psychology, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

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Person keywords: 
cognitive genetics
neural circuit
primate evolution
history of optics
visual perception
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