Automatic and Controlled Attentional Biases in Human Associative Learning: Dr Tom Beesley

What is this research about?

How much control do we possess over what we attend to in our environment? Sometimes very little: significant features of our environment, such as signals of reward, can automatically capture attention.

This project aims to reveal how automatic and controlled aspects of learnt attentional biases develop, interact, and come to determine our behaviour. This novel approach will apply a range of behavioural measures (e.g., eye-tracking; electroencephalography) in tasks designed to isolate these component processes of attention.

The results will have important implications for current attentional theories of associative learning, and will have implications for clinical disorders known to feature attentional deficits.

Other researchers involved:

Dr David Luque

Grants awarded:

DP160103063. Australian Research Council Discovery Project. $203,923. Automatic and controlled attentional biases in human associative learning. Beesley T., & Luque, D.

Lab:

To find out more information about this research, please contact Dr Tom Beesley.