New Paper!

Check out our new paper in Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, entitled “Spatiotemporal competition and task-relevance shape the spatial distribution of emotional interference during rapid visual processing: Evidence from gaze-contingent eye-tracking”. In this paper, we used gaze-contingent eye-tracking and found evidence that emotion-induced blindness is spatially localized whether people are looking at the emotional distractors or … More New Paper!

G’day, Vancouver!

Together with many of our UNSW colleagues, MAPlab made a strong showing at the OPAM and Psychonomics conferences in Vancouver. PhD students Jenna Zhao, Vera Newman, and Sandy Onie presented research posters at OPAM (which in turn was co-organised by former PhD student Briana Kennedy), and lab director Steve Most gave a talk at Psychonomics … More G’day, Vancouver!

Learning and the brain

Our recent paper on exercise and memory received some lovely coverage over at Learning & The Brain. Beyond the kinds words about our paper and team, blogger Andrew Watson guides his readers through the complex, often maddeningly messy process and data confronting psychologists seeking to glean kernels of truth about the mind and brain. For … More Learning and the brain

New paper!

Check out our new paper, “Neural signatures of dynamic emotion constructs in the human brain”, which is currently in press at Neuropsychologia! Co-authored with former PhD student Briana Kennedy and our University of Sydney colleagues (Tom Carlson & Tijl Grootswagers), we used MEG to investigate the time course with which the human brain distinguishes between … More New paper!

Sandy wins travel award!

Congratulations to PhD student Sandy Onie, who has received a travel award from the 25th annual workshop on Object Perception, Attention, & Memory (OPAM), which will be held in Vancouver in November! Sandy will be presenting his poster entitled: “Does emotion-induced blindness tap into attentional bias with less measurement noise than spatial attention tasks? A … More Sandy wins travel award!

Congratulations, Honours Students!

Congratulations to lab honours students, Eliza Sajo and Hannah Yee, who have finished and submitted their honours theses! Over this past year, Eliza’s research has examined the impact of video game violence on emotion-driven attention. Hannah’s research examined the effect of stress on people’s ability to distinguish true from false information. Well done!

New paper!

Can people brace themselves against emotional distraction when warned that something emotional will appear? Check out our latest paper — entitled “Proactive deprioritization of emotional distrators enhances target perception” — in the journal Emotion, where we find that people can (but only a little bit). Congrats to former PhD student Dr Briana Kennedy and current … More New paper!