Sensory Processing & Clinical Disorders

A number of psychiatric and neurological conditions are associated with altered sensory experiences e.g., psychotic disorders. Using carefully controlled psychophysical and brain imaging methods we investigate the association between specific symptom profiles and changes in sensory and cognitive processing.

Journal Articles


  • Frattaroli, N., Geljic, M., Runkowska, D., Darke, H., Reddyhough, Caitlin., Mills, T., Mitchell, M., Hill, R., Carter, O., Sundram. S., (2022) Cognitive and perceptual impairments in schizophrenia extend to other psychotic disorders but not schizotypy. Schizophrenia Research: Cognition 143, 30-8 [PDF]


  • Dzafic, I., Larsen, K., Darke, H., Pertile, H., Carter, O., Sundram, S & Garrido, M. (2021) Stronger Top-Down and Weaker Bottom-Up Frontotemporal connections during sensory learning are associated with severity of psychotic phenomena Schizophrenia Bulletin 47(4): 1039-47 [PDF]
  • Nguyen, B., Malavita, M., Carter, O., McKendrick, A. (2021) Neuroplasticity in older adults revealed by temporary occlusion of one eye, Cortex 143 1-11 [PDF]
  • Darke, H., Sundram, S., Cropper, S. & Carter. O (2021) Dynamic face processing impairments are associated with cognitive and positive psychotic symptoms across psychiatric disorders. NPJ Schizophrenia 7: 36 [Link]
  • Kanaan, R., Huepe-Artigas, D., Morsy, S. & Carter, O. (2021) Power and pragmatism in functional neurological disorder research. Epilepsy & Behaviour 117: 107801 [PDF]
  • Huepe-Artigas, D., Carter, O., Morsy, S. & Kanaan, R. (2021) Clinical differences between patients with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures and functional motor disorder. Epilepsy & Behaviour 114: 107577 [PDF]


  • Larsen, M., Dzafic, I., Darke, H., Pertile. H., Carter. O., Sundram. S & Garrido, M. (2020) Aberrant connectivity in auditory precision encoding in schizophrenia spectrum disorder and across the continuum of psychotic-like experiences. Schizophrenia Research 222: 185-194 [PDF]


  • Thakkar, K., Antinori, A., Carter, O. & Brascamp (2019) Altered short-term neural plasticity related to schizotypal traits: evidence from visual adaptation Schizophrenia Research 207: 48-57 [PDF]
  • Darke, H., Cropper, S. & Carter, O (2019) A Novel Dynamic Morphed Stimuli Set to Assess Sensitivity to Identity and Emotion Attributes in Faces Frontiers in Psychology 10: 757 [PDF] [Stimuli Set Zip File]
  • Chan, Y., Pitchaimuthu, Q., Wu, Q., Carter, O., Egan, G., Badcock, D. & McKendrick, A. (2019) Relating excitatory and inhibitory neurochemicals to visual perception: a magnetic resonance study of occipital cortex between migraine events Plos One  14(7): e0208666 [PDF]


  • Carter, O., Bennett, D., Nash, T., Arnold, S., Brown, L., Cai, R. Y., Allan, Z., Dluzniak, A., McAnally. K., Burr, D., & Sundram. S. (2017). Sensory integration deficits support a dimensional view of psychosis and are not limited to schizophrenia. Translational Psychiatry 7: e1118. [PDF]
  • Bryson, A., Carter, O., Norman, T. & Kanaan, R. (2017). 5-HT2A Agonists: A Novel Therapy for Functional Neurological Disorders? Int J Neuropsychopharmacology 20(5): 422-27. [PDF]


  • Bennett, D., Dluzniak, A., Cropper, S. & Partos, T. (2016). Selective impairment of global motion integration, but not global form detection, in schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder. Schizophrenia Research: Cognition 3, 11-14 [PDF]
  • Howe, P. & Carter, O. (2016). Hallucinations and mental imagery demonstrate top-down effects on visual perception. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 39: e248.[PDF]


  • Darke, H., Peterman, J. S., Park, S., Sundram, S., & Carter, O. (2013). Are patients with schizophrenia impaired in processing non-emotional features of human faces? Front Psychol 4, 529. [PDF]
  • Stoll, J., Chatelle, C., Carter, O., Koch, C., Laureys, S., & Einhäuser, W. (2013). Pupil responses allow communication in locked-in syndrome patients. Current Biology 23(15): R647–8. [PDF]


  • Kometer, M., Cahn, B., Andel, D., Carter, O. & Vollenweider, F. (2011) 5-HT2A/1A agonist psilocybin disrupts modal object completion associated with visual hallucinations. Biological Psychiatry 69(5): 399-406.[PDF]
  • McKendrick, A., Battista, J., Snyder, J. & Carter, O. (2011) Visual and auditory perceptual rivalry in migraine. Cephalalgia 31(11): 58-69. [PDF]


  • Cocchi, L., Bosisio, F., Carter, O., Wood, S., Berchtold, A., Conus, P., Orita, A., DebbanĂ©, M. & Schenk, F. (2009) Visuospatial working memory deficits and visual pursuit impairments are not directly related in schizophrenia. Aust N Z J Psychiatry 43:766-74. [PDF]