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A/Prof Troy Visser, Lab Director


Troy has been researching human attention and multi-tasking for nearly two decades, using a variety of tools including eye-tracking, electrophysiology, brain stimulation, fMRI, and computer simulation.

Some of his recent research has looked at  individual and group differences in attention and multi-tasking.  In addition, many of his projects have been translational, examining how performance in tasks like driving and submarine track management is impacted by limits in human cognitive capabilities. 

Troy is the head of the UWA node of the Human Performance Research Network (HPRnet), a large-scale collaborative research project funded by the Australian Army to enhance the capabilities of military personnel.

Dr. Angela Bender, Research Associate


Angela recently moved to UWA to take up a postdoctoral research associate position after completing a PhD at the University of Queensland. During her PhD, Angela investigated whether two decision-making processes - the selection of task-relevant responses (response selection) and the inhibition of task-irrelevant responses (response inhibition) - are two distinct cognitive operations. Specific interests in her current role are the mechanisms of attentional control and whether cognitive training can improve performance on a range of cognitive control abilities such as multitasking.

Dr. Michael English, Research Associate


Michael recently finished his studies as a student of UWA, which started with a BSc in Psychology in 2008 and ended with his PhD thesis in 2017, completed under the supervision of A/Prof Troy Visser and A/Prof Murray Maybery.


Now a postdoctoral research associate working with his PhD supervisors, Michael continues the line of research he began during his PhD. His research centres on the role that autistic-like traits play in the allocation of attention, with specific interests in attentional lateralization, global/local processing, and emotion processing.

Mr. Ashton Roberts, M.A./Ph.D. Student


Ashton is currently completing a combined Masters/PhD in Clinical Psychology. His research is focused on the effect that social status has on basic cognitive and perceptual systems. Given the concept of social status is a ubiquitous facet of humanity; bias towards status may have affected how people visually pay attention to one another and how people interact with each other. Ashton is using both behavioural and electrophysiological tools to research this topic, and he hopes to understand how the attentional systems of both neurotypical and individuals with autism are biased by social status.