James V Stone
Name: Dr James V Stone
Post: Reader
Email: j.v.stone at sheffield.ac.uk
Department: Psychology Department, Sheffield University
Biography: Brief biography



Publications (most can be downloaded).

Publications listed by Google Scholar.

Research Interests

My principal interests are: 

1) generic computational principles which underpin visual perception (eg spatiotemporal smoothness, statistical independence, information maximisation, Bayesian inference), 

2) the relationship between learning and evolution.


Details of my teaching are here (second year students are advised to peruse lectures if they are considering taking the third year vision module PSY305).

Optical Illusions

A few simple illusions can be found here.

Blind Source Separation Papers and Code

Blind Source Separation papers and matlab computer code.

Reinforcement Learning MatLab Code

MatLab code for reinforcement learning can be downloaded fromhere. This code implements the Markov chain example given on page 18 of RS Sutton's paper "Learning to predict by the methods of temporal differences" Machine Learning, 3, pp9-44, 1988.

Baldwin Effect MatLab Code

MatLab code for the Baldwin effect, as described in Hinton and Nowlan's paper, can be obtained here.
G. E. Hinton and S. J. Nowlan. How learning can guide evolution. Complex Systems, 1:495--502, 1987.

Other Sites

Alistair Bray.

Galileo on Intelligent Design

Surely, God could have caused birds to fly with their bones made of solid gold, with their veins full of quicksilver, with their flesh heavier than lead, and with their wings exceedingly small. He did not, and that ought to show something. It is only in order to shield your ignorance that you put the Lord at every turn to the refuge of a miracle.

Galileo Galilei (1564 -1642)

YouTube link: Otis Spann, Aint Nobody's Business .
Modified Feb 2018 by Jim Stone.