1998 BA, Oxford (Philosophy & Psychology).
1999-05 RA, VDU, UCL, with Janette Atkinson & Oliver Braddick.
2006 PhD, UCL (Psychology), with Janette Atkinson & Neil Burgess.
2006-07 Post-doc, Oxford, with Oliver Braddick.
2008-09 Post-doc, CBCD, with Denis Mareschal.

Research projects

2012-15. PhD studentship: human vision, locomotion and navigation. UCL and MEH-IoO NIHR BRC.

2011-14. Understanding the developmental course of retinal dystrophies: from genes to behaviour. Fight For Sight.

2011-14. Economics of perceptual and motor decisions in childhood. ESRC.

2010-16. Development of human spatial cognition.
James S. McDonnell Foundation.

2010-11. Integration of information for 3D shape perception in the developing visual brain. University of London.

2010-13. PhD studentship: new infant vision tests. UCL, Special Trustees of MEH, MEH-IoO NIHR BMRC.

2009-14. Evaluating outcomes of gene replacement therapy for inherited retinal disease. Special Trustees of Moorfields Eye Hospital, MEH-IoO NIHR BRC.

2008-11. PhD studentship: prior knowledge and sensory integration. ESRC (with Denis Mareschal).

2008-11. Learning to combine sense and experience for optimal perceptual judgments.
ESRC (with Denis Mareschal)

2007-08. Young children’s use of visual landmarks: view matching or cognitive mapping?
ESRC (with Janette Atkinson).

2006-07. Perception/action interactions in children's spatial representations. ESRC (with Oliver Braddick).

2006-07. Interactions between landmark and self-motion cues for navigation. John Fell OUP Research Fund (with Oliver Braddick).

Honorary Senior Lecturer, Dept. Visual Neuroscience

Faculty Investigator, Moorfields/IoO NIHR Biomedical Research Centre

email: m.nardini AT

I am interested in visual, spatial and multisensory development. My research is based both at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and at the Psychology Dept at Durham University.


Visual development
Normal and abnormal development of retinal and cortical vision


Multisensory development
How do we learn to combine sensory information sources?


Spatial development
How do we learn to represent spatial locations in memory?


Lab members (UCL)

Eliza Burton - PhD student

Sara Garcia - PhD student


Dr Tessa Dekker

Dr Pete Jones

Dr Karin Petrini

Sarah Kalwarowsky

Rachel Fahy

Jennifer Bales

Alicia Remark


Prof Gary Rubin, Dr Michael Michaelides, Prof Robin Ali (UCL IoO)

Prof Janette Atkinson, Prof Oliver Braddick (Visual Development Unit, UCL / Oxford)

Prof Neil Burgess (UCL ICN)

Prof Denis Mareschal (Birkbeck CBCD)

Prof Martin Sereno (UCL PALS)

Dr Andrew Welchman (Cambridge)


Selected publications (full list)

Dekker T, Nardini M (2016). Risky visuomotor choices during rapid reaching in childhood. Developmental Science. 19(3): 427-439 [PDF]

Bedford R, Pellicano E, Mareschal D, Nardini, M (2016). Flexible integration of visual cues in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research 9(2): 272-281 [PDF]

Dekker TM, Ban H, Van der Velde B, Sereno MI, Welchman A, Nardini, M (2015). Late development of cue integration is linked to sensory fusion in cortex. Current Biology 25(21): 2856-2861 [PDF]

Jones PR, Kalwarowsky S, Braddick, O, Atkinson J, Nardini, M (2015). Optimizing the rapid measurement of detection thresholds in infants. Journal of Vision 15(11):2, 1-17 [PDF]

Petrini K, Jones PR, Smith L, Nardini M (2015). Hearing where the eyes see: children use an irrelevant visual cue when localising sounds. Child Development 86(5), 1449-1457 [PDF]

Nardini M, Bales J, Mareschal D (2015). Integration of audio-visual information for spatial decisions in children and adults. Developmental Science. Online 17th July 2015, doi:10.1111/desc.12327 [PDF]

Jones PR, Kalwarowsky S, Atkinson J, Braddick, O, Nardini M (2014). Automated measurement of resolution acuity in infants using remote eye-tracking. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science 55(12): 8102-8110 [PDF]

Nardini M, Begus K, Mareschal D (2013). Multisensory uncertainty reduction for hand localization in children and adults. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 39(3): 773-787. [PDF]

Nardini M, Bedford R, Mareschal D (2010). Fusion of visual cues is not mandatory in children. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. 107(39), 17041-17046. [PDF]

Nardini M, Jones P, Bedford R, Braddick O (2008). Development of cue integration in human navigation. Current Biology, 18, 689-693. [PDF]

Nardini M, Burgess N, Breckenridge K, Atkinson J (2006). Differential developmental trajectories for egocentric, environmental and intrinsic frames of reference in spatial memory. Cognition, 101, 153-172. [PDF]