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The Cognition in Naturalistic Environments (CINE) Lab is a cognitive data science and experimental psychology research group based in the Creative Computing Institute, University of the Arts London focussing on the investigation of active audiovisual scene cognition in real-world and mediated environments. Our research covers many topics but falls broadly into four research areas:


The Lab consists of its lead Prof. Tim J. Smith, interns, undergraduates, postgraduates and research fellows as well as an international network of collaborators (see People). If you are interested in joining the Lab please contact us.



Click here to discover more about our latest publications.

You can also see publications specific to the following projects below:


CINELab's physical home is in the Creative Computing Institute (CCI), University of the Arts London in central London. CCI is a world-leading research and teaching institute working at the intersection of creativity and computer technologies. Based across four sites in central and South London, CCI facilities include AI/machine learning labs, hardware fabrication, VR/XR (the Dark Lab), Robotics lab, a business incubator, and the new innovative Nerve Lab (Neurocognitive Experiments in real and Virtual Environments; TBA). UAL is ranked 2nd in the QS world rankings for art and design and 1st amongst institutions offering undergraduate courses.


Our CINELab members span various institutions including the Birkbeck Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development (CBCD). The CBCD is a purpose-built, state-of-the-art laboratory facility for studying infant/toddler cognitive functions and the recipient of multiple international awards, e.g. the Queen’s Award for Higher Education, EU “Marie Curie” postgraduate training centre status. Birkbeck Psychology is ranked 5th for research in the UK (REF 2014). The CBCD houses the world's first ToddlerLab including the innovative Pelz Neuroimaging CAVE, which CINELab members were integral in creating.

We have access to a broad range of research equipment and facilities, both unique to the CINELab as well as shared resources. These include:

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