Darren Rhodes is a cognitive computational neuroscientist from the United Kingdom, with a main research focus on the perception of time, multi-sensory processing, and consciousness. His research involves using psychophysical techniques to understand the perceptual process, whilst using cognitive computational models to help describe and make predictions about the data we capture from the world.
Darren is committed to transparent research processes, and strives to improve the way this is taught to students, and how this in turn can encourage academic culture change towards open science.
Darren obtained his PhD from the Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics at the University of Birmingham, under the supervision of Dr. Max Di Luca. After this, Darren worked as a post doctoral fellow at the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science under the direction of Prof. Anil Seth on the ERC TIMESTORM Project.
Darren was a senior lecturer in psychology and statistics at Nottingham Trent University before joining Keele. Darren has recently been appointed a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy for his work on digital technology in pedagogy and open science culture change.
Research and scholarship
Darren's research interests fall into 4 specific areas: (1) The effect of temporal expectations on the subjective experience of time and timing, (2) The effects of culture, environment and physiology on the perception of time, (3) Consciousness and how it relates to temporal processing, and (4) academic culture change and the teaching of open science in the classroom.
Darren uses a multidisciplinary approach to probe these research topics, using classic experimental psychology methodologies within the study of attention and cognition, but also using (mainly) psychophysical analyses to precisely measure perceptual phenomena. In combination with these methods, Darren uses (primarily) Bayesian models of perception and cognition to cast an elegant framework over data in order to provide inferences, or make predictions about data.
Darren has recently begun to integrate human brain imagining into his work, in order to further probe around how time is perceived in the human brain.
Darren has recently begun working with colleagues at Duke University and UCLA, on a project aimed at capturing students expectations around open science, and how we can formulate teach interventions with the goal of improving psychology as a science.