Congrats, Vera!!!

Wow! Congratulations to Vera on the submission of her fantastic PhD thesis, entitled “The Role of Emotion Regulation and Appraisals in Modulating Physiological, Affective and Cognitive Outcomes Following Stress” (co-advised by Dr Belinda Liddell). This submission caps off 3.5 years of hard work, in which Vera used emotional stimuli, ice bucket immersion, and virtual reality … More Congrats, Vera!!!

Congrats, Jenna!!!

Huge, huge congratulations to Jenna Zhao, who just submitted her stellar PhD thesis, which examined whether and how proactive control, expectation and motivational focus modulate emotion-induced blindness. Her thesis encapsulates 3.5 years of hard work. Way to go, Jenna!

Sandy shines in 1-minute thesis competition!

Congratulations to PhD student Sandy Onie, who gave a stellar presentation at the UNSW Faculty of Science 1-minute thesis competition! In his talk, entitled “Improving rural mental health through the science of attention”, Sandy described how he combines both lab-based cognitive experiments and outreach to Indonesia’s rural communities to optimize the development and delivery of … More Sandy shines in 1-minute thesis competition!

New Paper!

Check out our new paper, entitled “Winners and losers: Reward and punishment produce biases in temporal selection”, in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. In this paper, we show that stimuli previously associated with reward or loss capture attention to such a degree that they impair perception of other things that people … More New Paper!

New Paper!

Check out our new paper in the Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, “A test of the initiation-termination model of worry“, with collaborator Howard Berenbaum and his team. In this paper, we report evidence that people’s tendencies to start worrying (“initiation”) can be distinguished from their tendencies to continue worrying (“termination”), and that difficulty terminating worry is … More New Paper!

Great PhD Scholarship Available!

Are you interested in pursuing a PhD at the crossroads of cognitive- and clinical- psychology? Register your interest to work with our team! Calls are are now open for potential students to apply for a competitive UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship (deadline to register interest: 20th July). Successful applicants to our project “Understanding emotion-driven attentional biases … More Great PhD Scholarship Available!

G’day Perth!

Steve and PhD student Sandy made a whirlwind visit to Perth, where they developed a new collaboration with Colin MacLeod’s lab (University of Western Australia), one of the world’s leading labs on attentional bias research. While there, they also built on a recent collaboration with Drs. Lies Notebaert (UWA) and Patrick Clarke (Curtin). Steve shared … More G’day Perth!