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Applied vision science: towards a better understanding of what the brain knows.


Many processes in the brain are not consciously accessible. This makes it hard to find out how for example subjects reach decisions. There are several ways to find out what the brain ‘knows’ that cannot be verbalized by the observer.


Professor Frans Verstraten.

Research location

School of Psychology

Program type



Vision scientists know a lot about the early stages of visual information processing. We know how visual acuity, colour, contrast, motion etc. We also know lots about how attention works. So basically, we can make sure that presented information can be perceived (think about information in traffic, advertising, marketing communication, awareness campaigns, wayfinding etc. However, that does not mean that observers actually use this the information. For example, whether the attitude of people change after being confronted with new information. We are interested in developing techniques to measure what is actually picked up by the observer and whether it has an effect on behaviour. We used sophisticated eye-movement recording, physiological indicators as well as behavioural tasks.

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HDR Inherent Requirements

In addition to the academic requirements set out in the Science Postgraduate Handbook, you may be required to satisfy a number of inherent requirements to complete this degree. Example of inherent requirement may include:

- Confidential disclosure and registration of a disability that may hinder your performance in your degree;
- Confidential disclosure of a pre-existing or current medical condition that may hinder your performance in your degree (e.g. heart disease, pace-maker, significant immune suppression, diabetes, vertigo, etc.);
- Ability to perform independently and/or with minimal supervision;
- Ability to undertake certain physical tasks (e.g. heavy lifting);
- Ability to undertake observatory, sensory and communication tasks;
- Ability to spend time at remote sites (e.g. One Tree Island, Narrabri and Camden);
- Ability to work in confined spaces or at heights;
- Ability to operate heavy machinery (e.g. farming equipment);
- Hold or acquire an Australian driver’s licence;
- Hold a current scuba diving license;
- Hold a current Working with Children Check;
- Meet initial and ongoing immunisation requirements (e.g. Q-Fever, Vaccinia virus, Hepatitis, etc.)

You must consult with your nominated supervisor regarding any identified inherent requirements before completing your application.

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Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 1612

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