As part of the Visual Perception Group at Liverpool (see left),
my research is in the psychological and neural mechanisms of visual
perception, particularly spatial perception. Current work centres on
the role of binocular disparity in size judgements and the size
distortions inherent in the synoptic views of objects provided by
television and photography. Other interests include the psychology
of the visual arts, investigating the relationship between
mechanisms in visual perception and the selection and manipulation
of images by artists.
Bennett, K.M., Latto, R., Bertamini, M., Bianchi, I. & Minshull, S. (2010) Does left-right orientation matter in the perceived expressiveness of pictures? A study of Bewick's animals (1753-1828). Perception, 39, 970-981.
Latto, J. & Latto, R. (2009) Study Skills for Psychology Students. McGraw-Hill/Open University Press, Maidenhead, U.K..
Latto, R. & Harper, B. (2007) The non-realistic nature of
photography: Further reasons why Turner was wrong.
Leonardo, 40, 243-247.
Latto, R. (2007, August) Psychology: Opportunity or problem. CaSE Newsletter, 10-11.
Latto, R. (2004) Form follows function in visual information
processing. The Behavioral and Brain Sciences,
Latto, R. (2004) Do we like what we see? In: G. Malcolm (Ed.),
Multidisciplinary Approaches to Visual Representations and
Interpretations, Elsevier, Amsterdam. 343-356.
Bertamini, M., Latto, R. & Spooner, A. (2003) The Venus
effect: People's understanding of mirror reflections in paintings.
Perception, 32, 593-599.
Marco Bertamini has a page dedicated to the Venus
Effect: Click here
Latto, R. & Russell-Duff, K. (2002) An oblique effect
in the selection of line orientations by twentieth century
painters. Empirical Studies of the Arts,
Harper, B. & Latto, R. (2001) Cyclopean vision, size
estimation and presence in orthostereoscopic images.
Presence, 10, 312-330.
Latto, R., Brain, D. & Kelly. B. (2000) An oblique effect
in aesthetics. Homage to Mondrian (1872-1944). Perception,
Latto, R. (1996) Turning the other cheek: Profile direction in
self-portraiture. Empirical Studies of the Arts,
Barrow, C.J. and Latto, R. (1996) The role of inferior parietal
cortex and fornix in route following and topographic orientation
in cynomolgus monkeys. Behavioural Brain Research,
Latto, R., (1995) The brain of the beholder. In: R.L. Gregory,
J. Harris, P. Heard, & D. Rose (Eds.), The Artful Eye,
Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 66-94.
Latto, R., (1991) Mind in the laboratory. In: R. Tallis and H.
Robinson (Eds.), The Pursuit of Mind, Carcanet Press,
Manchester, pp. 57-69.
Latto, R. (1988) Making decisions about the conscious
experiences of animals. Behavioural and Political Animal
Studies, 1, 7-16.
Traverse, J. & Latto, R. (1986) Impairments in route
negotiation through a maze after dorsolateral frontal, inferior
parietal, or pre-motor lesions in cynomolgus monkeys.
Behavioural Brain Research, 20, 203-215.
Latto, R. (1985) The role of the inferior parietal cortex and
frontal eye-fields in visuospatial discriminations in the macaque
monkey. Behavioural Brain Research, 22,
Campion, J. & Latto, R. (1985) Apperceptive agnosia due to
carbon monoxide poisoning: an interpretation based on critical
band masking by disseminated lesions. Behavioural Brain
Research, 15, 227-240.
Campion, J., & Latto, R. (1985) What is blindsight? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 8,
Latto, R., Campion, J., Smith, Y.M. and Traverse, J. (1984) The
integration of clinical and experimental investigations of primate
visual perception. In: F. Reinoso-Suarez and C. Ajmone-Marsan
(Eds.), Cortical Integration, IBRO Monograph Series,
11, Raven Press, New York, pp. 379-393.
Campion, J., Latto, R. & Smith, Y.M. (1983) Is blindsight
an effect of scattered light, spared cortex, and near-threshold
vision? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 6,
Latto, R. (1982) Visual perception and oculomotor areas in the
primate brain. In: D.J. Ingle, R.J.W. Mansfield and M.A. Goodale
(Eds.), Analysis of Visual Behavior, MIT Press, Cambridge,
Massachusetts, pp. 671-691.
Collin, N.G., Cowey, A., Latto, R. & Marzi, C. (1982) The
role of frontal eye-fields and superior colliculi in visual search
and non-visual search in rhesus monkeys. Behavioural Brain
Research, 4, 177-193.
Latto, R. (1978) The effects of bilateral frontal eye-field,
posterior parietal or superior collicular lesions on visual search
in the rhesus monkey. Brain Research, 146,
Latto, R. (1978) The effects of bilateral frontal eye-field
lesions on the learning of a visual search task by rhesus monkeys.
Brain Research, 147, 370-376.
Latto, R. (1977) The effects of bilateral frontal eye-field,
posterior parietal or superior collicular lesions on brightness
thresholds in the rhesus monkey. Neuropsychologia,
Latto, R. and Cowey, A. (1972) Frontal eye-field lesions in
monkeys. In: J. Dichgans and E. Bizzi (Eds.), The Cerebral
Control of Eye Movements and Motion Perception, S. Karger,
Basel, pp. 159-168.
Latto, R., (1971) Visual search in monkeys. Perceptual and
Motor Skills, 32, 307-313.
Latto, R. and Cowey, A. (1971) Visual field defects after
frontal eye-field lesions in monkeys. Brain Research,
Latto, R. and Cowey, A. (1971) Fixation changes after frontal
eye-field lesions in monkeys. Brain Research,
Barnes, P.J., Smith, L.M. and Latto, R., (1970) Orientation to
visual stimuli and the superior colliculus in the rat.
Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology,