Dr Jan Skerswetat

Lecturer, Vision and Hearing Sciences

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Vision and Hearing Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Vision and eye research

Jan is an optician, optometrist, educator, and scholar in the areas of optometry and vision sciences.

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Background

Jan is a trained optician and optometrist. He investigated binocular rivalry with luminance and contrast-modulated stimuli during his PhD and is interested in the neuronal mechanisms, which mediate binocular and spatial aspects of vision. Moreover, he focused on clinical research concerning contact and intraocular lenses as well as research on amblyopia as well as on educational research in higher education.

Spoken Languages

  • German
  • English

Research interests

Binocular vision and visual perception

  • Visual ambiguity
  • Binocular rivalry
  • Binocular summation
  • Stereovision
  • Perception of luminance- and contrast-modulated stimuli
  • Face perception and emotions in binocular vision
Clinical optometry
  • Vision in Amblyopia
  • Vision in Autism
  • Vision in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Educational research
  • Feedback in higher education

Jan’s main interests are subdivided in three research areas: Binocular vision, clinical optometry, and educational research. He is in particular fascinated by binocular rivalry and other perceptually ambiguous stimuli as they demonstrate that different sites of the brain are actively involved in processing visual stimuli. As a trained optometrist and optician, Jan is also interested in clinical aspects of those professions such as contact lens fitting or the investigation of amblyopia (lazy eye). He is also conducting research on learning and teaching in higher education.

Teaching

Jan teaches on the following modules:

  • Human and ocular anatomy” (MOD003493)
  • Theoretical and practical ophthalmic lenses” (Module code 002467)
  • Lab session: Skills for optometric practise (MOD003188)
  • Monocular, binocular, paediatric vision (MOD002481)
  • Introduction to contact lens practice (MOD002472)
  • Clinical optometry: Introduction to professional practise (Module code 002480)
  • Theoretical and practical ophthalmic lenses (Module code 002467)

Qualifications

  • PhD in Vision Science, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK
  • Master of Science in Optometry, Beuth University, Berlin, Germany
  • Bachelore of Science in Optometry, Beuth University, Berlin, Germany
  • State recognised degree as Dispensing Optician, Hankensbüttel, Germany
  • Postgraduate certificate in teaching and learning in higher education (PGCert)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Vision Science Society
  • Registered as optician at the General Optical Council (GOC) (D-16499)
  • Registered as student of optometry at the GOC (D-16499)
  • Member at the Association for Psychological Science

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Grindley Grant, Travelling grant, 2014, £500

Selected recent publications

Skerswetat, J., Formankiewicz, M.A. and Waugh, S.J., 2016. Very few exclusive percepts for contrast-modulated stimuli during binocular rivalry. Vision research, 121, pp.10-22.

Skerswetat, J., Formankiewicz, M. and Waugh, S., 2016. Contrast-modulated stimuli in competition with luminance-modulated stimuli under binocular rivalry conditions. Journal of Vision, 16(12), pp.1208-1208.

Skerswetat, J., Formankiewicz, M.A. and Waugh, S.J., 2015, August. Mixed percepts within binocular rivalry for luminance-and contrast-modulated gratings. In PERCEPTION (Vol. 44, pp. 357-357). 1 OLIVERS YARD, 55 CITY ROAD, LONDON EC1Y 1SP, ENGLAND: SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD.

Skerswetat, J., Formankiewicz, M.A. and Waugh, S.J., 2014. Binocular rivalry using luminance-and contrast-modulated stimuli. Journal of Vision, 14(10), pp.1234-1234.

Recent presentations and conferences

Skerswetat, J. and Chima, A.S., 2017. Increment and decrement adjustment and the course of contrast-modulated binocular rivalry. Poster presentation for ECVP Berlin, Germany.

Skerswetat, J., Formankiewicz, M.A. and Waugh, S.J., 2016. Intraocular grouping initiated with luminance and contrast modulated stimuli. Poster presentation for ECVP Barcelona, Spain.

Skerswetat, J., Formankiewicz, M. and Waugh, S., 2016. Contrast-modulated stimuli in competition with luminance-modulated stimuli under binocular rivalry conditions. Poster presentation for VSS in St Petersburg, USA.

Skerswetat, J., Formankiewicz, M.A. and Waugh, S.J., 2015, August. Mixed percepts within binocular rivalry for luminance-and contrast-modulated gratings. Poster presentation for ECVP Liverpool, UK.

Skerswetat, J., Formankiewicz, M.A. and Waugh, S.J., 2014. Binocular rivalry using luminance-and contrast-modulated stimuli. Poster presentation for VSS in St Petersburg, USA.