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Dan Navarro

Associate Professor

Research Areas: My research investigates the mathematical laws underpinning cognition and spans a variety of topics in psychology and cognitive science. The core topics in my research are categorisation, similarity, inductive reasoning and decision making, but my research program also covers topics in language evolution, epistemic trust in children, hypothesis testing, word association, reaction time modelling, and others.

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Dr Jill Newby

Lecturer

Research Areas: illness anxiety disorder, somatic symptom disorders, anxiety and depressive disorders,and cyberchondria (excessive web searching about symptoms). Comorbidity, and classification of mental disorders. E-health and technology-based interventions (including internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness, virtual reality exposure therapy, and computerised cognitive bias modification).

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Professor Ben Newell

Professor & Deputy Head of School

Research Areas: My research focusses on the cognitive processes underlying judgment, choice and decision making and the application of this knowledge to environmental, medical, financial and forensic contexts.

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Dr Angela Nickerson

Senior Lecturer and Director Masters of Psychology (Clinical) Program

Research Areas: Refugee and post-conflict mental health, mechanisms underlying psychological effects of torture and trauma, phenomenology and treatment of posttraumatic stress reactions.

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Associate Professor Joel Pearson

NHMRC Career Fellow level 2 & Associate Professor

Research Areas: Joel Pearson studies Cognitive Neuroscience, specifically the mechanisms and application of mental imagery, hallucinations, decision-making, the science of intution, memory, metacognition, visual perception, learning, attention and awareness by using behavioural, human brain imaging and brain stimulation techniques.

Post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety: assessment, mechanisms, and treatment.

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Professor Rick Richardson

Professor

Research Areas: Development of emotion, attention, learning, and memory in the rat. Behavioural and neural analyses of memory. Hormonal modulation of memory. Olfaction and olfactory learning.

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Dr Jenny Richmond

Senior Lecturer

Research Areas: My research program addresses the development of  memory and emotion during infancy and early childhood and takes a developmental cognitive neuroscience approach. I am particularly interested in the development of relational memory and the role it might play in representational flexibility. My recent work has looked at age-related changes in episodic memory and future thinking during early childhood and the development of rapid facial mimicry in infancy. 

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Associate Professor Branka Spehar

Associate Professor

Research Areas: Visual perception, Attention.

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Professor Marcus Taft

Professor

Research Areas: Lexical processes in reading: Orthography, phonology, and morphology. Orthographic influences in speech comprehension. Bilingualism. Reading Chinese, Japanese and Korean. The relationship between lexical and episodic memory.

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Associate Professor Lenny R. Vartanian

Associate Professor

Research Areas: Psychology of eating and weight, including body image, self-regulation, social influences, and weight bias and discrimination.

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