Janette Atkinson

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Janette Atkinson

Alma materUniversity of Bristol
University of Cambridge
(m. 1979)
Scientific career
ThesisA study of perceptual analysis using stabilized images (1970)

Janette Atkinson, FBA, FMedSci is a British psychologist and academic, specialising in the human development of vision and visual cognition. She was Professor of Psychology at University College London from 1993: she is now Emeritus Professor. She was also Co-Director of the Visual Development Unit at the Department of Psychology, University College London and the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford. She is a frequent collaborator with her husband Oliver Braddick.

Early life and education[edit]

Atkinson studied psychology at the University of Bristol, graduating with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in 1965.[1] She went on to undertake postgraduate studies at the University of Cambridge, and she completed her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in 1970.[1] Her doctoral thesis was titled "A study of perceptual analysis using stabilized images".[2]

Academic career[edit]

From 1971 to 1972, Atkinson was research associate with the Institute for Behavioral Genetics at the University of Colorado Boulder.[3] In 1972, she was a research associate in the Department of Psychology of Johns Hopkins University, Maryland.[3] She then returned to the University of Cambridge where she was a Senior Research Associate from 1972 to 1983.[3] During this time, she established the Visual Development Unit at the University of Cambridge.[4][5][6] From 1983 to 1993, she was classified as MRC External Scientific Staff of the Department of Experimental Psychology, Cambridge.[1]

In 1993, Atkinson moved to University College London (UCL) where she had been appointed Professor of Psychology.[1] The Visual Development Unit moved with her from Cambridge.[5] A second Visual Development Unit was created at the University of Oxford in 2003.[5] She was Co-Director of both units with her husband Oliver Braddick.[7] Having retired from full-time academia, she was appointed Emeritus Professor by UCL.[5]

Personal life[edit]

In 1979, Atkinson married Oliver Braddick, a fellow developmental psychologist. They have four children: two sons and two daughters.[8]


In 2002, Atkinson was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci).[9] In 2008, she was elected a Member of Academia Europaea.[3] In 2015, she was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and social sciences.[4] In 2016, she was awarded the Davida Teller Award by the Vision Sciences Society.[10]

Selected works[edit]

  • Atkinson, Jannette; King, John; Braddick, Oliver; Nokes, Louise; Anker, Shirley; Braddick, Fleur (May 1997). "A specific deficit of dorsal stream function in Williams' syndrome". NeuroReport. 8 (8): 1919–1922. doi:10.1097/00001756-199705260-00025. PMID 9223077. S2CID 30762407.
  • Atkinson, Janette (2000). The Developing Visual Brain. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0198522973.
  • Atkinson, Janette; Braddick, Oliver (2007). "Visual and visuocognitive development in children born very prematurely". Progress in Brain Research. 164: 123–49. doi:10.1016/S0079-6123(07)64007-2. ISBN 9780444530165. PMID 17920429.
  • Atkinson, Janette; Braddick, Oliver (2011). "From genes to brain development to phenotypic behavior: "dorsal-stream vulnerability" in relation to spatial cognition, attention, and planning of actions in Williams syndrome (WS) and other developmental disorders". Progress in Brain Research. 189: 261–83. doi:10.1016/B978-0-444-53884-0.00029-4. PMID 21489394.
  • Atkinson, Janette; Braddick, Oliver (July 2012). "Visual attention in the first years: typical development and developmental disorders". Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology. 54 (7): 589–595. doi:10.1111/j.1469-8749.2012.04294.x. PMID 22568833. S2CID 20917298.


  1. ^ a b c d "Atkinson Braddick Celebration". University College London. 2010. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  2. ^ Janette, Atkinson (1970). "A study of perceptual analysis using stabilized images". E-Thesis Online Service. The British Library Board. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Hasani, Ilire; Hoffmann, Robert. "Academy of Europe". Academy of Europe. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Professor Janette Atkinson". British Academy. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d "Prof Jan Atkinson". Institutional Research Information Service. University College London. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Visual Development Unit". University College London. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Visual Development Unit – Unit Members". University College London. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  8. ^ 'BRADDICK, Prof. Oliver John', Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2016; online edn, Nov 2016 accessed 1 Nov 2017
  9. ^ "Professor Janette Atkinson". The Academy of Medical Sciences. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  10. ^ "2016 Davida Teller Award – Janette Atkinson". Vision Sciences Society. Retrieved 1 November 2017.