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Melvyn Goodale

Melvyn Goodale


  • Fellow
  • Brain, Mind & Consciousness




Mel Goodale’s research explores how humans process visual information and use it to interact with their environment.

He has proposed a ‘duplex’ organization of high-level vision, involving separate but complementary visual systems for the perception of objects, and the control of actions directed at objects. This account provides a convincing resolution to conflicting accounts of visual function that has characterized much of the work in the field for the last one hundred years.

Mel Goodale is also the Ivey Fellow.


  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
  • Fellow of the Royal Society, U.K.
  • Canada Research Chair in Visual Neuroscience
  • Donald O. Hebb Distinguished Contribution Award
  • Hellmuth Prize for Scientific Achievement

Relevant Publications

  • Chen, J., Sperandio I., & Goodale, M.A. (2018). Proprioceptive distance cues restore perfect size constancy in grasping, but not perception, when vision is limited. Current Biology, 28(6), 927-932, DOI:
  • Goodale, M. A. (2014). How (and why) the visual control of action differs from visual perception. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281(1785), 20140337.
  • Goodale, M.A., & Milner, A. D. (2013). Sight unseen: An exploration of conscious and unconscious vision, 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Goodale, M.A., & Milner, A. D. (1997). The Visual Brain in Action, 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Goodale, M.A., & Milner, A. D. (1992). Separate visual pathways for perception and action. Trends in Neurosciences, 15(1), 20–25. DOI:

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