David McGovern - PhD Candidate TCD Neuroscience


David’s research interests are primarily in the areas of sensory neuroscience and perceptual decision making. In particular, he is interested in how the brain combines information, both within and between the senses, and how this sensory information is used to form purposeful decisions. He is also interested in the development of perceptual training regimes to maintain and improve perceptual function in young and old populations. To address these questions, David uses a combination of psychophysics and electroencephalography (EEG). Where possible, the resulting data are verified through simulations derived from biologically plausible computational models.


McGovern, D. P., Walsh, K. S., Bell, J., & Newell, F. N. (2016). Individual differences in context-dependent effects reveal common mechanisms underlying the direction aftereffect and direction repulsion. Vision Research. pdf

McGovern, D.P., Roudia, E., Newell, F.N. & Roach, N.W. (2016) Perceptual learning shapes multisensory causal inference via two distinct mechanisms. Scientific Reports, 6 pdf

McGovern, D.P., Astle, A.T., Clavin, S.L. & Newell, F.N. (2016) Task-specific transfer of perceptual learning across sensory modalities. Current Biology 26(1), R20-R21. pdf

McGovern, D.P., Roach, N.W. & Webb, B.S. (2014) Characterizing the effects of multi-directional motion adaptation. Journal of Vision, 14(13): 2, 1-16. pdf

Astle, A.T., McGovern, D.P. & McGraw, P.V. (2014) Characterizing the role of disparity information in alleviating visual crowding. Journal of Vision, 14(6): 8, 1-14. pdf

McGovern, D.P., Roudaia, E., Stapleton, J., McGinnity, T.M. & Newell, F.N. (2014) The sound-induced ash illusion reveals dissociable age-related effects in multisensory integration. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 6: 250, 1-9. pdf

Bell, J., Sampasivam, S., McGovern, D.P., Meso, A.I. & Kingdom, F.A.A. (2014) Contour inflections are adaptable features. Journal of Vision, 14(7): 2, 1-14. pdf

McGovern, D.P., Roach, N.W. & Webb, B.S. (2012) Perceptual learning reconfigures the effects of visual adaptation. Journal of Neuroscience, 32(39), 13621-13629. pdf

McGovern, D.P., Webb, B.S. & Peirce, J.W. (2012) Transfer of perceptual learning between different visual tasks. Journal of Vision, 12(11):4, 1-11. pdf

McGovern, D.P., Hancock, S. & Peirce, J.W. (2011) The timing of binding and segregation of two compound aftereffects. Vision Research, 51(9): 1047-1057. pdf

Hancock, S., McGovern, D.P. & Peirce, J.W. (2010) Ameliorating the combinatorial explosion with spatial frequency-matched combinations of V1 outputs. Journal of Vision, 10(8):7, 1-14. pdf

McGovern, D.P. & Peirce, J.W. (2010) The spatial characteristics of plaid-form-selective mechanisms. Vision Research, 50(8): 796-804. pdf


  • Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship (2013-2015) “Developing perceptual training regimes for the prevention of falling in older adults” (€91,970).
  • Brain Travel Scholarship (2010, 2011) for conference attendance.
  • International Society for Psychophysics Travel Scholarship (2010).
  • Universitas 21 Scholarship (2009) to co-fund research visit to McGill University, Montreal.
  • Brain Travel Scholarship (2009) to co-fund research visit to McGill University, Montreal.
  • Experimental Psychology Society Grindley Grant Award (2007).
  • School of Psychology PhD Scholarship (2006-2009), The University of Nottingham

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