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The way we see determines how we are able to interact with the environment. The focus of my research is on human visual performance.
My current research examines both the contribution of early visual pathways to individual tasks and the extent to which common neural and perceptual processes are involved in motion, pattern and position coding. The processes are investigated using both normal and clinical groups of observers.
Currently the laboratory group is running long-term projects examining how humans perceive both the speed and direction of the type of motion produced by moving through the environment, the processes that allow us to determine the location of objects within the environment, the processes that help us to detect and group large scale structure in the visual world and also one aiming to determine the nature of the long-lasting changes that arise as a consequence of migraine headaches. I also have a collaborative project with Murray Maybery on visual processing in autism.
Dr Nic Badcock
My research aims to optimise learning outcomes and enhance wellbeing, particularly in developmental disorders. For learning, I’m interested in how attentional control and cerebral lateralisation relate to behaviours such as reading acquisition, language learning, and academic achievement. For wellbeing, I’m curious about the relationship between self-concept and negative outcomes in developmental disorders (e.g., dyslexia), and how this might impact on learning and education. For honours, I’d be happy to support the following sorts of questions addressed in university populations and maybe kids:
These sorts of project can inform our theoretical understanding of how the mind and brain adapt to the environment, which in turn have implications for education and clinical practice.
Please email me if you’d like to talk about the possibilities.
Email: [email protected]
Working memory is an active memory system that is closely linked with educational achievement in children and also a range of cognitive abilities in adults including reasoning ability and fluid intelligence. It has also been implicated in a number of developmental disorders such as ADHD.
Current projects include:
Interested students should email me to arrange a time to discuss specific projects further.
My overall research interest is in the clinical psychology area, and assessment and intervention of psychological presentations in particular. My current research focuses on: :
My research areas include:
My research interests lie in the field of applied psychology and in using psychological principles to improve our understanding of how people complete a range of important everyday tasks. One topic I am particularly interested in is improving driver safety on the road and I am currently involved in projects aimed at training both new and experienced drivers in a simulator environment.
Working in collaboration with Associate Professor Shayne Loft and Associate Professor Troy Visser I am also involved in projects on prospective memory, situation awareness in complex tasks, and using eye-tracking technology to improve our understanding of how attention is allocated.
I would be happy to discuss potential projects that relate to any of these topics and can be contacted by email.
My research interests lie in the field of clinical psychology. I have a particular interest in eating and weight disorders and I have a strong background in both research and clinical work in this area. My current research includes major projects which aim to identify causal pathways to eating disorders and obesity, and to test new treatments for these disorders.My research team provides evidence-based psychological treatment for eating and weight disorders in children, adolescents and adults.
Honours projects I have supervised in the past have included those focusing on psychosocial consequences of obesity in children and adolescents, binge eating and other eating disorder psychopathology in children and adolescents, testing various causal models of bulimia nervosa, outcomes of group cognitive-behavioural therapy for obesity in adults, the role of the media in the development of disordered eating, the relationship between fast food consumption and mental health, body image in males, predictors of drop out from treatment for eating disorders and the relationship between obesity and depression in children, adolescents and adults.
Controls rooms are operational hubs that necessitates human operators interacting with each other and with technology. These are complex sociotechnical environments in which large amounts of data must be processed, and it’s through teamwork and communication that the best decisions are made.
The current research uses the Control Room Use Simulation Environment (CRUSE) to investigate team cognition, team performance and decision making within a submarine control room. There is also research on the impact of automation on individuals undertaking submarine operator roles.
The research is in collaboration with Associate Professor Shayne Loft and with input from Defence Science and Technology Scientists. Potential honours projects could focus on:
I am a researcher with eclectic interests in organisational, social, and cross-cultural psychology, with a research focus on individual differences. I have three main topic areas in which I am currently running and developing new projects.
My research interests lie in the field of memory and memory updating.
One question of interest is why people remember the things they remember (and forget the things they forget), and to answer this question I am contrasting interference and consolidation accounts of memory.
The second area of interest revolves around the processing of misinformation, and in particular the question why people continue to rely on outdated or invalidated information in their reasoning and decision making. I am currently investigating a number of factors that influence this failure of memory updating, including pre-existing attitudes, personality traits, and the effects of argument strength and repetition.
I am interested in collective behavior. My research extends traditional psychology, and its focus on individual cognition and behaviour, to the study of joint action (i.e., how people do things together). Three key research questions are listed below:
I am interested in testing models of episodic memory, and looking at how we evaluate options when we make decisions, and choose between them. Some specific projects on offer are:
My research interests are in the areas of organisational psychology and traffic psychology. My organisational psychology research focuses on leadership, teamwork, work design and attitudes and norm perceptions. I link these concepts with workplace safety, mental health and wellbeing, and behaviour. My research on traffic psychology centres around car driver and cyclists interactions on the roads. In this research setting, I focus on the factors that shape these interactions and am in particular interested in attitudes and norm perceptions and their antecedents.
Some of the research questions I am in particular interested in are (but not limited to):
My research program focuses on understanding the role of affect and emotion regulation in depression and anxiety in adults. I typically measure these experiences as they happen in real-time. Possible honours thesis topic in my lab include:
My current research interests focus primarily on dynamic changes in cognition and cognitive reserve as a function of aging, covering a spectrum of healthy aging to dementia caused by neurodegenerative disease. Issues related to assessment and measurement in this area are an important focus. Students are invited to pursue collaborations with me on the topics below:
My research is focused on the area of intelligence: the capacity to adapt to the environment using cognitive abilities. To measure intelligence, we usually use intelligence tests. I'm interested in understanding how human performance on these tests arises. Theoretically, performance arises through cognitive ability, however, there are other (additional) candidates, such as test-taking motivation and self-belief, for example.
I'm also interested in perceptions of intelligence among the general public, the impacts of intelligent behaviour on society, and the distinction between intelligence and expertise.
Cognitive theorists contend that biased patterns of cognitive processing, across a range of operations including attention, interpretation, memory, and appraisal, causally contribute to individual differences in psychological resilience. The key aims of my research are threefold:
Much of my work involves collaborations with colleagues at international universities, which currently include Oxford, Kings College London, Amsterdam, Exeter, and others.
I study how we process social information from faces and bodies. Subtle cues to identity, gender, ethnicity, age, attractiveness, emotional state and focus of attention need to be read from the face in particular. Critically, this information guides everyday social interactions, so expertise in extracting this information is vital for social functioning. However, reading faces presents a challenge to our brains because all faces are remarkably similar as visual patterns. Therefore, we rely on very subtle differences and variations between them to make all these judgements.
My research focuses on understanding how our visual system meets the challenge of rapidly and efficiently providing us with the information we need to read faces and bodies. I have a particular interest in determining how face perceptions skills mature in children but I also supervise projects investigating face perception in adults. I am also interested in understanding the sources of individual variation in these abilities among the general population and in determining why some clinical groups often have difficulties with faces (e.g. autism, prosopagnosia).
My research is in the area of human performance management. How do we make sure people work effectively, safely, and feel good at work? Work design, leadership, and organisational culture have all been found to have an impact on performance and other work outcomes.
One of the topics I am interested in in this context is human error, and how workers deal with human error. Traditionally errors are seen as negative occurrences that should be avoided. However, in many cases there is a difference between an error and its negative consequences, and as long as errors are detected and corrected in time, negative outcomes are avoided. A more modern take on errors is that they provide great learning opportunities, and can be beneficial for learning and performance overall.
Example research questions that would be of interest to explore through Honours or Masters research projects include:
This can be explored at individual level, but also in team settings, including virtual teams (which has been the focus of previous honours projects).
Attention is a limited resource, and emotional information tends to win the priority of our attention over other information. I’m interested in understanding how this happens. I’m also interested in how people differ in the way that they give attention to emotional information – especially people of different ages.
Some overarching questions related to this research include:
Please feel free to reach out to me if you’d like to talk more about this type of research or if you’re interested in being involved: [email protected]
My research is primarily in the area of leadership, leadership development and identity. I am particularly interested to investigate how leaders and leadership can be developed through evidence-based research and practice. I am interested in leadership across different roles and contexts.
My current research projects include:
Interested students are advised to contact me via email ([email protected]) to discuss further.
My research is in the area of social psychology. I am particularly interested in processes of social change, the ways in which changes in behavioural practices can spread (or fail to spread) through communities of actors, and the role of morality and identity in such processes. A particular topic to which I often apply my theoretical ideas in this area is in the domain of environmentally sustainable behaviour.
Current project areas include (amongst others):
Interested students should email me at ([email protected]) to discuss further.
My main research focus is healthcare human factors. I apply theories and methods from cognitive/experimental psychology to examine and address healthcare human factors problems. The ultimate aim of my research is make healthcare technologies safe and effective for clinicians (e.g. doctors, nurses, etc.) to use in order to enhance patient safety.The main topic for honours thesis is:
Auditory displays – displays that use sounds to convey information are auditory displays. Sounds such as time-compressed speech (i.e. recorded speech played back in sped-up rate) can be used by clinicians to monitor their patients’ health status. Issues to be explored in this topic include but not limited to:
I am also interested in supervising the following topics for honours thesis:
Automation in healthcare – with the rapid advancement of technology, such as artificial intelligence, automation is on the rise in healthcare. Issues to be explored are:
Human error and patient safety – when an error occurs in a hospital (e.g. a patient received the wrong dose of medication), it could mean life or death; and very often clinicians in the frontline get blamed or perceived to have been responsible for the error. Issues to be explored in this topic are:
Interested students should email me at [email protected]
There are several honours projects available in the Human Factors and Applied Cognition (HFAC) Laboratory under the supervision of Shayne Loft.
Topics include but are not limited to:
Clinical theorists have attributed emotional disorders to cognitive idiosyncrasies, while cognitive theorists have developed models which suggest that emotional states will be associated with pervasive information processing biases throughout the cognitive system. Both clinical and cognitive models predict the existence of processing biases favouring emotionally congruent information in attention and interpretation.
Current research carried out by our Cognition and Emotion Research group, within the School of Psychology’s Centre for the Advancement of Research on Emotion, uses cognitive-experimental paradigms to test such hypotheses, and focuses on several related questions including:
An overarching issue that pervades much of this work concerns identifying which cognitive biases causally contribute to which facets of emotional vulnerability. To address this issue we seek to determine how various manifestations of emotional vulnerability are influenced by directly manipulating differing aspects of selective information processing. Much of our work involves collaborations with research colleagues at other international universities, which at present include Harvard, Oxford, and the Universities of London, Ghent, Amsterdam, Exeter, Virginia and California.
A/P Iliana Magiati is interested in supervising honours projects in the following areas:
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Research in our Cognition, Autism and Neurodevelopment (CAN) lab has established that Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is characterised by a unique pattern of strengths and weaknesses in attention and visual cognition. We have also shown that these atypical patterns extend to the broader autism phenotype (BAP), i.e. to people from the nonclinical population who report high levels of mild autistic traits. Another set of studies has investigated the role of sex steroids in the development of ASD, with a masculinised facial structure associated the condition.
Currently we are investigating the following questions:
• What are the key dimensions of autistic traits (e.g. social difficulties, repetitive behaviours, sensory sensitivity, insistence on sameness) and do they have independent causes?
• Is hyper-masculinisation (e.g. as represented in the face or voice) linked to particular dimensions of autistic traits?
• Is autism characterised by atypical lateralisation of brain function for language, spatial attention or social cognition?
• Why do people report unfavourable first impressions of people with ASD?
• How do autistic traits relate to differences in empathy, alexithymia, intolerance of uncertainty and anxiety?
• Does impaired global processing or enhanced local processing drive differences in visuospatial ability between low and high autistic trait individuals?
• Is semantic satiation (the automatic suppression of repeated material) impaired as a function of autistic traits?
I am an experimental social psychologist with a broad range of interests concerning how we interact with others. A lot of my research is focussed on interpersonal coordination and how this helps (and sometimes hinders) our social lives. Recent and ongoing projects in this area include:
In addition I am interested in the development of methods to measure behaviour in social contexts and the application of these approaches to better understand group-based activities.
Models of anxiety disorders consistently implicate the role of low-level information processing biases in the development and maintenance of psychological dysfunction. These models particularly emphasise the roles of selective attention for threatening information and negative resolutions of ambiguity.
Current research carried out by our Cognition and Emotion Research group, within the School of Psychological Science’s Centre for the Advancement of Research on Emotion, uses cognitive-experimental paradigms to examine the role of these information processing biases, and focuses on several related questions including:
An overarching issue that pervades much of this work concerns identifying which cognitive biases causally contribute to which facets of emotional vulnerability. To address this issue we seek to determine how various manifestations of emotional vulnerability are influenced by directly manipulating differing aspects of selective information processing. In collaboration with the Bushfire CRC, a particularly pertinent research question concerns how this relation between emotional vulnerability and selective information processing contributes to adaptive or maladaptive behaviour when facing a chronic threat.
My expertise is in child clinical psychology. Within this, I have two areas of major focus.
The first focus has been on understanding reasons why some children with social or emotional problems receive treatment for their difficulties, whereas others do not. We have many effective therapy options for children with mental health problems; however, less than half of parents with children who need these services will access services on their behalf. If we can find out why so many children are not accessing services, then we can begin to work to address access barriers in meaningful, effective ways. Much of my current work is examining the role that stigma about children with mental health problems plays in deterring parents from seeking care for their child.
This has led to an interest in the role that stigma plays in understanding the experience of children with mental health problems and their families. Not only must children and their families learn to cope with the child’s symptoms, but they also must deal with the social consequences (which may range from exclusion, ridicule, or derision to support and encouragement). I have become very interested in these experiences and what this means for the overall adjustment of affected children and parents.
Secondly, I am interested in understanding how children’s social interactions (especially aggressive interactions) with their peers develop over time. Much of my work on this topic to date has focused on children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and how girls with ADHD relate to others. However, I am also interested in other social interactions between children and their peers or parents (such as awkward interactions or friendship-building skills), and how this develops over time.
My interests concern the efficient and effective delivery of mental health services, the prediction and prevention of suicide and self-harm, and anxiety and depression. My research aims to improve treatments by understanding how therapies bring about their effects and the nature of the clinical conditions.
Specific research questions suitable for honours students include:
He can be contacted at [email protected]
My research aims to understand the perceptual, cognitive, and neural mechanisms underlying person perception. This often involves studying faces, as they provide information about the identity, age, sex, race, attractiveness and mood of other people, but also involves studying the perception of bodies and voices.
In addition to our work with typically developing children and adults, my lab also investigates person perception in children and adults with atypical development, psychopathology, or brain injury. This includes studies of developmental disorders affecting face processing (congenital/developmental prosopagnosia and autism); neuropsychological studies of people with brain injuries affecting face identity recognition (acquired prosopagnosia) and expression recognition (amygdala/orbitofrontal cortex lesions and Parkinson's); and investigations into psychopathology affecting person perception (social anxiety, callous-unemotional traits).
Please see the Person and Emotion Perception Lab (PEPLab) website for more details on recent Honours, PhD, and Clinical PhD projects.
As a practicing Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist I am very interested in clinical research, particularly related to the neuropsychology of neurodevelopmental disorders such as Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and ADHD, and the relationship between cognitive impairment and poor sleep.
I am also involved in research related to concussion, acquired brain injury and cognitive rehabilitation in children and adults. For example, the Acquired Brain Injury: Recovery, Engagement, and Community Outcomes Via Evidence-based Rehabilitation (ABI-Recover) project represents a collaboration between the Brightwater Care Group and the University of WA (School of Psychology).
Our research team (which includes Dr Mike Weinborn and Professor Romola Bucks) is investigating how thinking such as memory influence our ability to make a simple cup of tea, or manage more complex tasks such as taking medications. This research will hopefully allow for a better understanding of prognosis following brain injury in adults, as well as provide information as to what skills are most important for everyday functioning and in what areas of a person's life.
Examples of other current research projects I am co-supervising include investigating the role of age, gender and parenting factors on neuropsychological outcome and post-concussion symptoms (collaborative project with PMH); neuropsychological outcomes in adult concussion (collaborative project with RPH); emotional dysregulation in young adults with ADHD: Implications in timing deficits, poor working memory and impairments in attention; understanding the impact of metacognition on functional and rehabilitation outcome in patients with acquired brain injury; time perception in ADHD; does enhancing cerebrovascular function via exercise improve cognition in the aging brain; and neuropsychological outcomes in preterm neonates (collaborative project with Telethon Kids/KEMH)
I am a clinical psychologist working in private practice as well as working as an academic at UWA. I have a particular experience and interest in treatment of insomnia and other sleep difficulties (such as circadian rhythm disturbance and improving adherence to CPAP). Research understanding psychological mechanisms maintaining sleep disturbance as well as improving interventions are my key research interests.
My general research interests fall within the area of clinical psychology, and I have expertise in sleep and adolescent mental health. Sleep and internalising problems, such as depression and anxiety, commonly co-occur and I am interested in investigating mechanisms linking sleep with emotional problems in young people. I would be happy to supervise honours projects within this area and students have some scope to develop their own research questions.
I am also interested in identifying factors involved in the development and maintenance of disturbed sleep, as well as evaluating novel treatments for sleep disorders in young people. I am also interested in evaluating the effect of sleep interventions on young people’s mental health.
If you would like to discuss potential projects, please contact me at [email protected]
As a clinical psychologist with many years of experience in cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) for adults with chronic depression and anxiety disorders, I am highly interested in clinically applied research regarding contemporary CBT practices. Particularly, the use of imagery-based interventions to enhance CBT outcomes. This includes research questions such as:
In addition, I am currently developing a simple transdiagnostic and transtherapeutic approach to improving mental health, which can be delivered at different levels of intensity (i.e., online intervention, group treatment, individual treatment). Research investigating the effectiveness of this approach is high on my research interests.
As a practising Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist with a focus on Paediatrics and ADHD, my research interests are focused principally on conditions that affect cognitive, emotional, and behavioural development. Areas of special interest include:
Our team of researchers at the Attention and Human Behaviour [atthub] Lab investigates the interface between key human cognitive abilities, like attention and multi-tasking, and behaviours across a variety of situations. While we know a lot about these relationships in lab settings, we know much less about how these abilities differ across individuals and groups, or how these abilities influence everyday behaviours, like driving, or performance in specialized jobs, like the military or air-traffic control.
Lab research themes
1. Humans can only pay attention to a limited amount of information. As a result, perception and cognition begin to fail when people try to do more than one thing at a time. Our research tries to understand when and why these failures occur and how to reduce failures through cognitive training.
2. At an individual and group level, people vary in their abilities. Our research looks at individual differences in multi-tasking ability, as well as perceptual and cognitive advantages that tend to be found in groups, such as those with autism or autistic-like traits.
3. Even everyday activities, such as driving, can place significant demands on our cognitive resources. Our research looks at how cognitive demands influence a variety of human behaviours, using simulated environments such as motor vehicle operation, air-traffic control, and submarine track management.
If you think you might like to explore any of these kinds of topics for your honours thesis, please contact Troy @ [email protected]
I am interested in the practical problem of how to design effective and equitable selection systems. My research focuses on how individual differences relate to individual and group-level outcomes:
My current research interests are focused on prospective memory functions in healthy aging, as well as in a number of clinical groups (e.g., individuals with substance abuse and depression). A particular interest is the linkage of laboratory measures of prospective memory and other executive functions to aspects of day-to-day functions, including medication management. Additionally, assessment of symptom validity in neuropsychological assessment is an ongoing research interest.
Specific projects likely for next year include:
I can be contacted at [email protected] or 6488 1739 to discuss potential research supervision.