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Darren Rhodes

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences


Darren is a Lecturer in Psychology. His administrative responsibilities within the Department of Psychology include organising the school’s ACE week, and the National Student Survey. His teaching mainly focuses on research methods and statistics. He supervises a number of undergraduate and postgraduate research projects, typically on topics in cognitive psychology, with a particular focus on time perception, decision-making and consciousness; utilizing a multidisciplinary approach that brings together experimental psychology, Bayesian modelling and psychophysics.

Students interested in working in Darren’s lab (be that as interns, Masters/PhD students) should contact Darren by email.

Career overview

Darren took his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Bangor University, before spending a year as a Research associate at the University of the Saarland in Germany.

Darren moved back to England to work on his PhD, ‘Bayesian Time Perception’, at the University of Birmingham under the supervision of Dr. Max Di Luca. During his PhD, Darren spent time at NTNU Norway, working with Prof. Dawn Marie Behne on audiovisual timing.

Recently, Darren was a member of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science at the University of Sussex under the supervision of Prof. Anil Seth, working on an ECR grant looking at computational models of perception.

Research areas

Darren has worked on a number of projects looking primarily at how the human brain perceives time. Time is a fascinating area to study, as time is a fundamental dimension of human perception, cognition and action, as the perception and cognition of temporal information is essential for everyday activities and survival. Innumerable studies have investigated the perception of time over the last 100 years, but the neural and computational bases for the processing of time remains unknown…

Darren’s lab is trying to uncover the how (what mechanisms does the brain use to process temporal information?), where (where in the brain is time processed?), and why (what are the functional and adaptive uses of time?) of time perception in humans and animals.

Projects include:

  • Dynamic Temporal Expectations in Perceived Timing
  • Perception of Rhythm
  • Temporal Context Effects in Interval and Point Timing
  • Temporal Discounting & Temporal Processing
  • Causal Inference Models of Time
  • Replication of Effects in Timing and Time Perception
  • ‘External’ Clock Models of Time Perception

External activity

Darren is a member of the Timing Research Forum, and on the conference committee for the Rhythm Processing and Production Workshop (RPPW). He reviews for numerous academic journals and has a number of international and national active research collaborations.

Sponsors and collaborators

Current external collaborators include:

  • Prof. Anil Seth (University of Sussex)
  • Dr. Warrick Roseboom (University of Sussex)
  • Dr. Max Di Luca (Oculus VR & University of Birmingham)
  • Dr. Ulrik Beierholm (Durham University)
  • Susan Li (University of Birmingham)
  • Dr. Martin Riemer (DZNE, Germany)
  • Dr. Ben Vincent (University of Dundee)
  • Prof. Thomas Wolbers (DZNE, Germany)
  • Dr. Dawn Marie Behne (NTNU, Norway)

Press expertise

  • Perception of time
  • Visual perception
  • Auditory perception
  • Consciousness
  • Paranormal beliefs
  • 'Super recognisers'
  • How memory influences perception