Selective attention and its role in human learning


This project explores the relationship between learning and selective attention and the influence of these processes on the performance of a range of cognitive tasks.  The principal focus will be implicit learning and its interactions with the temporal dynamics of attention, though there will be scope to explore other aspects of both attention and learning.


Dr Evan Livesey

Research Location

School of Psychology

Program Type



Learning and attention shape the way we engage with our environment by allowing us to anticipate impending events and to select which information we process about those events.  Learning and selective attention interact in a complex fashion and this project seeks to understand the mechanisms at play at the interface of these processes.

Additional Information

This project will best suit a highly motivated student with excellent organization and communication skills. A capacity for critical independent thinking is essential. The successful student will gain experience using a range of computer-based measures and research techniques in an environment in which ingenuity and analytical thinking will be strongly encouraged. Some prior knowledge of, or a willingness to learn, computer programming will be desirable. 
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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Psychology & Neuroscience, learning, Attention, Associative Learning, Implicit Learning, Selective Attention

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 1066

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