Potential PhD Projects

Much of what we know about attention and working memory (WM) has been built on decades of work using simple, non-socially relevant and neutral stimuli. The majority of my research places greater emphasis on social and emotional information, to investigate how attention and WM operate in the more complex domain of social cognition. Studies can incorporate elements such as emotion (expressions), mood state, motivation and stimulus relevance, ageing (child and adult), and cultural differences. I have an eyetracking lab which provides opportunity to examine eye movement patterns as an index of attention, salience, motivation, and relevance. The eyetracking lab allows for both standard keyboard response measures (desktop mount) and interactive touchscreen responses (tower mount).