Lab Director

SteveMostSteve Most

ARC Future Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Psychology
Ph.D., Harvard University, 2002

Steve investigates interactions between emotion, attention, and perception. He also studies the degree to which such interactions are influenced by individual differences. In his spare time, he enjoys photography and travel (especially when combined).

Curriculum Vita
Email: Steve Most

If you are a student interested in working in our lab, please contact Steve about possible openings. Students and research staff from our lab have gone on to graduate school, postdoctoral positions, internships, and research positions at many high-profile institutions.

Postdoctoral Researcher

poppywatsonPoppy Watson

Ph.D., University of Amsterdam, 2016

Originally from New Zealand, Poppy completed her Masters and PhD at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, under the supervision of Dr Sanne de Wit, Prof. Reinout Wiers, and Prof. Bernhard Hommel. There, she investigated reward-seeking behaviours and how these could be triggered by stimuli in the environment. At UNSW, Poppy’s work brings together our lab and Mike Le Pelley’s lab in order to investigate the capture of attention by reward-related stimuli, as well as possible strategies that might minimize such distraction. In her spare time, Poppy loves traveling, cooking, and swimming.

Curriculum Vita
Email: Poppy Watson

 PhD Students

VeraNewmanVera Newman

B. Sci (Hons.) / B. Arts, UNSW, 2014

Vera is currently investigating the relationship between stress, executive functions and emotion regulation, and the ways in which individual differences influence these relationships. In her time away from the lab, she enjoys playing field hockey, running, learning about German history, photography and travelling.

Email: Vera Newman

SandyOnieSandy Onie

B. PsychSci (Hons.), UNSW, 2015

Sandersan (Sandy) Onie is interested in the clinical applications of the interaction between emotion, attention and perception, especially in the area of modifying attentional biases. He enjoys listening to classical music, experimenting in the kitchen, and a nice quiet evening at home.

Email: Sandy Onie

JennaZhaoJenna Zhao

B. Psychol (Hons.), UNSW, 2014

Jenna is interested in ways that emotion-induced impairments to perception may be attenuated. She is also broadly interested in interactions between emotion, attention and visual perception and how these may be applied socially and clinically. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and reviewing books, watching TV and trivia game shows, and immersing herself in Japanese culture.

Email: Jenna Zhao

Honours Students

elizaEliza Sajo

Eliza is interested in studying the psychological interactions of perception, cognition, and emotion. She enjoys going to the beach, reading novels, and spending time with friends and family.

hannahHannah Yee

Hannah is interested in investigating how social factors (e.g. emotion and stress) influence human cognitive processes, as well as the implications this may have in the real world. In addition to learning, she also enjoys distance running, listening to music, and exploring the Internet.

Undergraduate Researchers

DavidSuttonDavid Sutton

Recently, David has been using eye-tracking equipment to investigate spatially localised patterns of emotion-induced blindness. He enjoys cycling to uni but dislikes falling off his bike, which he does embarrassingly often.

DebMisraDebdutta Misra

Recently, Deb has been using eye-tracking equipment to investigate gaze-contingent cuing and how high and low reward values affect the extent to which people learn about these contingencies. Deb enjoys playing the drums, travelling and watching the cricket.

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Shelley Weiner

Shelley is currently participating in the Psychology Research Internship course. Shelley enjoys spending time with friends, reading fiction novels, and solving Killer Sudoku puzzles.

Visiting & Affiliated Students


Puck Imants

Puck is currently visiting from the VU University Amsterdam, where she is pursuing her Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Jan Theeuwes. Her research investigates the impact of various information resources on road users’ route choice behavior.