John Douglas Crawford


Canada Research Chair
Distinguished Research Professor in Neuroscience
Scientific Director, Vision: Science to Applications (VISTA)

Locations / Contact Info:

0009A Lassonde Building - LAS
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 88621

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Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology


PhD - 1993
London, ON


Doug Crawford completed his PhD in Physiology at Western University in 1993 and then spent two years as an MRC Fellow at the Montreal Neurological Institute, before joining the York Department of Psychology in 1995. For the past 25 years his work at the York Centre for Vision Research has focused on the control of visual gaze in 3D space, eye-hand coordination, and spatial memory during eye movements. This has resulted in over 160 papers in publications such as Nature, Science and Annual Review of Neuroscience, and has garnered numerous awards, including the 2004 Steacie Prize and 2018 York President's Research Excellence Award (PREA). He has trained over 60 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, so far guiding more than 25 of these into long-term research, clinical and teaching positions. He founded the York Neurophysiology Labs, the York Graudate Diploma Program in Neuroscience, and the Canadian Action and Perception Network (CAPnet), and co-founded the 'Brain in Action' International Research Training Program, with partners in Germany. Currently, he is the Scientific Director of the CFREF-funded program, Vision: Science to Applications (VISTA).

Selected Publications

Selected Reviews:

JD Crawford, DYP Henriques, WP Medendorp (2011) Three-dimensional transformations for goal-directed action Annual review of neuroscience 34, 309-331

M Vesia, JD Crawford (2012) Specialization of reach function in human posterior parietal cortex Experimental brain research 221 (1), 1-18

SL Prime, M Vesia, JD Crawford (2012) Cortical mechanisms for trans-saccadic memory and integration of multiple object features Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 366

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Other Research Outputs


Canadian Action and Perception Network
Founding National Coordinator

Brain in Action International Research Training Group
Founding Director

York Centre for Vision Research

Vision: Science to Applications (VISTA) Program
Scientific Director


Canada Research Chair Tier I - 2007

The Steacie Prize - 2004

President's Research Excellence Award - 2018

Post-doctoral Supervisor of the Year Award - 2019

Faculty of Graduate Studies Teaching Award - 2003


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: No

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research

Systems, cognitive, and computational neuroscience; Visuospatial Memory, Gaze Control, and Eye-Hand Coordination. Techniques include computational modeling, animal neurophysiology, psychophysics, fMRI, MEG, EEG, TMS, patient studies.

More detailed information can be found on my website.

Curriculum Vitae (C.V. file):

CV of John Douglas Crawford