Audiovisual time perception


To survive successfully humans must accurately perceive the passage of time. Time scales range from subsecond (e.g.: motor coordination; multisensory integration) to many hours (sleep/wake cycle). Relative to spatial perception, time perception is poorly understood but is emerging as an important new area of research. My research is focused on the sub-second time scale which is essential to coordinating multisensory integration.


Professor David Alais

Research Location

School of Psychology

Program Type



My current research is aimed at uncovering the nature of the 'clocks' underlying human time perception in the sub-second scale essential to coordinating multisensory integration. How many clocks are there? Are they spatially local? How are they influenced by attention? Does each sensory modality have it's own clock? We have been exploring these questions in the visual, auditory and tactile domains. 

Additional Information

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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auditory perception, visual perception, audiovisual interactions, time perception

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 960

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