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Vanessa Beanland

Senior lecturer, University of Otago

My research focuses on visual attention in both laboratory experiments and applied settings, with a particular focus on attention and driving.

Past and present research topics include in-attentional blindness, attentional blink, visual search, dual-task performance, driver training and driver behaviour, using methods including eye tracking, simulation and on-road studies in instrumented vehicles.


  • 2016–present
    Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • 2013–2016
    Lecturer in Psychology, The Australian National University


  • 2011 
    The Australian National University, PhD

Research Areas

  • Psychology (1701)