The Cognitive Mechanics of Psychopathy


This research looks into the cognitive underpinnings of psychopathologies - mainly psychopathic personality and anxiety.  The research project puts emotional and social stimuli and contexts to one side and looks at the influence of small aberrations in fundamental cognitive processes on developmental trajectories.


Dr Caroline Moul

Research Location

School of Psychology

Program Type



Methodologies include developmental research, experimental cognitive psychology and genetic/epigenetic hypothesis testing.

Additional Information

Please send an Expression of Interest, EOI, outlining your reasons for interest and a brief bio about yourself to Dr Caroline Moul 

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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Psychopathy; Anxiety; Learning; Attention; Cognitive

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2459