I am interested in the way the brain generates the perceptual reality we ‘see’. I use both novel objects and more familiar stimuli such as faces and scenes to examine the areas of the brain involved in perception. I also use novel analysis techniques such as multi-voxel pattern analysis to 'read-out' how the brain perceives the world.

Following my PhD, I worked at the University of Melbourne as a Postdoctoral Scientist supervised by Professor Jason Mattingley for 2.5 years. Subsequently, I was awarded an NHMRC CJ Martin Traveling Postdoctoral Fellowship to go to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) supervised by Professor Nancy Kanwisher for two years, beginning in August 2005. I returned to Australia in September 2007 to complete the NHMRC Fellowship, taking up a Senior Lecturer position at Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science (MACCS), Macquarie University. In 2009, I was awarded an ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship for five years and was promoted to Associate Professor at Macquarie University.

I have access to excellent research facilities, including fully-equipped behavioural testing laboratories, the Macquarie University Hospital 3T Siemens Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner (with eyetracking facilities), and the KIT-Macquarie Brain Imaging laboratory (Magnetoencephalography, electroencephalography). Our group also has an Action Laboratory and a Transcranial Magnetc Stimulation (TMS) Laboratory.


  • 2014–present
    Professor, Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University


    Monash, PhD/Cognitive Science