ARC Future Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Psychology, UNSW
What does perception have to do with the mind -- and with the motivations and personalities that define us? The answer is, quite a lot.
Despite deeply held intuitions, conscious perception depends on more than where we direct our eyes. Indeed, the amount of information available to our eyes at any given moment vastly exceeds the capacity of our awareness, with the result being that we become aware only of selected fragments of the environment. Such selection – and thus conscious perception itself – is robustly influenced by our expectations, our motivations, and even our emotions.
Given that people navigate the world with different priorities in mind and with different personalities, understanding such mechanisms can provide insight into why different people can witness the same event while perceiving it differently.
Research in my lab focuses broadly on visual cognition, with particular emphasis on relationships between motivation, emotion, and attentional control. My students and I investigate how goal-related priorities and emotional responses to the environment help to determine what we see and remember, as well as the consequences of such interactions for psychological and physical health.
Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Delaware
ARC Future Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of New South Wales
Assistant Professor, University of Delaware
Associate Professor, University of Delaware
Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University
Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University
Harvard University, Ph.D. in Psychology
Brandeis University, B.A. in Psychology
Grants and Contracts
Appareo Vision 1000 flight data acquisition system and the Mobile Eye gaze tracking system
How emotion shapes perception: Delineating structural, temporal, and representational properties of emotion-induced blindness
Australian Research Council
Emotion’s impact on mechanisms of conscious perception
National Institutes of Health
Neuro-cognitive self-regulation mechanisms and their relation to childhood and adolescent obesity