Psychological Sciences Research Groups

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is Australia’s largest biomedical research faculty. We employ more than 1500 researchers undertaking world class research across a wide range of health and social issues in a diverse range of research settings.

Social/Personality Laboratory

Laboratory Director: Professor Nick Haslam

Our Laboratory explores an assortment of topics involving social perception and individual differences.

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Affective Development and Psychopathology Team

Laboratory Director: Prof. Nick Allen

The Affective Development and Psychopathology Team (ADAPT) is a network of researchers investigating the environmental, interpersonal and biological processes that influence emotional reactivity and emotion regulation across the lifespan.

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Attention Dynamics Lab

Laboratory Director: Dr Katherine Johnson

We are interested in the ways children and adolescents think and act. We investigate how children focus on one task amidst a sea of choices. We research how children receive and respond to information.

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Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology Laboratory

Laboratory Director: Professor Stephen C Bowden

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Clinical and Health Psychology

Laboratory Director: Associate Professor Carol Hulbert

Our Laboratory brings together a number of staff members who are interested in the phenomenology, classification, etiology, maintenance and outcomes of mental disorders across the entire lifespan.

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Clinical and Music Neuroscience Laboratory

Laboratory Director: Professor Sarah Wilson

Our Laboratory investigates the brain mechanisms that underpin human hearing.

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Cognitive and Neuropsychological Development Laboratory

Laboratory Director: Associate Professor Robert Reeve

Among other issues, we are interested in the neurological and cognitive causes of developmental dyscalculia; diagnosis and treatment of dyscalculia.

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Cognitive Interventions Technologies and Evaluation Research Group (CITE)

Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory

Laboratory Director: Associate Professor Rob Hester

The implementation of cognitive control by the human brain is critical to a range of everyday activities, and the failure of this mechanism is believed to contribute to the symptom profile of a number of clinical conditions.

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Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory

Laboratory Director: Dr Jason Forte

Behavioural and physiological responses to visual stimuli.Effects of electrophysiological stimulation on behavioural and physiological responses to visual stimuli.Modelling the relationship between visual input, and behavioural and physiological responses.

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Computational Cognitive Science Lab

Research Group Leader: Associate Professor Amy Perfors

Computational Cognitive Science Lab

Our research focuses on quantitative approaches to higher-order cognition: categorisation, concepts, language acquisition and evolution, decision-making, and social learning and transmission

Decision science in Affective Learning and Emotional Conditions Laboratory

Laboratory Director: Dr Nicholas van Dam

Decision Neuroscience Laboratory

Laboratory Director: Dr Stefan Bode

Our research group focuses on the investigation of the neural mechanisms underlying perceptual, health-related, financial and voluntary decision-making, as well as decision errors and preference formation.

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Functions of Emotions in Everyday Life (FEEL) Research Lab

Genes, Brain and Behaviour Laboratory

Laboratory Director: Dr Patrick Goodbourn

In our lab, we investigate how normal and disordered behaviours and brain functions are affected by our genes.

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Knowledge, Information & Learning Laboratory

Laboratory Director: Dr Daniel R Little

Our work focuses on understanding how we develop knowledge through experience and learning, how knowledge representations influence how we perceive and interpret new information, how our interpretations and perceptions influence our behaviour, and what our behaviour tells us about our knowledge.

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Life-span Development Laboratory

Laboratory Director: Associate Professor Jeanette Lawrence

Our research focuses on different aspects of personal and social development in varying life periods across the whole of life.

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Social Networks Laboratory (MELNET)

Laboratory Director: Professor Garry Robins

Research and training in the theory, methods and applications of social networks.

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Mood and Anxiety Disorders Laboratory

Moral Psychology Laboratory

Laboratory Director: Dr Simon Laham

The Melbourne Moral Psychology Laboratory does research on the psychology of morality. Broadly, we are interested in the social, cognitive and affective processes that underpin moral judgement, decision making and behaviour.

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Negotiation and Interactive Behaviour Laboratory

Laboratory Director: Professor Philip L Smith

We investigate the factors that shape negotiation processes and outcomes.

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Neurocognitive Disorders Laboratory

Laboratory Director: Professor Sarah Wilson

This Laboratory investigates a range of neurocognitive disorders, including epilepsy, dementia and traumatic brain injury.

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Objectification and Gender Lab

Laboratory Director: Dr Elise Holland

The Objectification and Gender Lab conducts research into the objectification of women, gender equality, and body image.

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Perception and Pharmacology Laboratory

Laboratory Director: Dr Olivia Carter

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Personality Processes Laboratory

Laboratory Director: Dr Luke D Smillie

Personality can be defined in terms of regularities in behaviour and experience – e.g., the tendency to behave in particular ways, or to experience certain affective states. These regularities can be usefully organised in terms of five trait domains, often known as the Big Five.

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Physical Appearance Research Team (PART)

Physical Appearance Research Team (PART)

Led by Drs Scott Griffiths and Isabel Krug, PART unites a team of academics, postdocs, research assistants and postgraduate and undergraduate students with a shared interest in the phenomena of human physical appearance.

Sleep Laboratory

Laboratory Director: A/Prof Amy Jordan

Respiratory and cardiovascular aspects of sleep in the context of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (including role of lung volume, arousal from sleep, OSA in Quadriplegia, treatment using acupuncture and surgical weight loss, and upper airway physiology).

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Social Action Laboratory

Laboratory Director: Professor Yoshihisa Kashima

The Social Action Laboratory is primarily concerned with the antecedents and consequences of meaningful human social action.

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Subcortical Disorders Laboratory

Laboratory Director: Dr Jacqueline Anderson

We seek to better understand how the middle part of the brain (subcortex) contributes to cognitive functions, particularly higher-level functions such as processing complex information

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Time in Brain and Behaviour Laboratory

Principle Investigator: Professor Hinze Hogendoorn

The group is interested in researching Our brain needs time to process what our senses tell us. As a result, we are always living in the past: we act and choose on the basis of outdated information. So how is it possible that we can return a tennis serve or drive through fast-moving traffic?

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Trauma Anxiety and Stress (TAS) Lab

Vision and Attention Laboratory

Laboratory Director: Professor Philip L Smith

Work in our Laboratory seeks to explain how colour, motion, and attentional mechanisms operate within the visual system. We employ a diverse range of approaches including behavioural psychophysics, computational modelling, and electrophysiology.

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Visual Cognition Laboratory

Laboratory Director: Dr Piers Douglas Howe

Our Laboratory has a general interest in cognition, with a particular focus in visual perception.

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