Dr Steven Most

Dr Steven Most

Dr Steven Most

Associate Professor

B.A., 1994, Brandeis University
Ph.D., 2002, Harvard University
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2002-2003, Vanderbilt University
NIH/NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow, 2003-2006, Yale University

Contact details

Phone: (02) 9385 3827
Email: Dr Steven Most
Fax: (02) 9385 3641

Office: Mathews, Room 705

Research Summary

Research Areas: My research is grounded in cognitive psychology, with strong links to social psychology, clinical psychology, and neuroscience. My lab specialises in relationships between motivation, emotion, and attentional control. Topics include mechanisms of emotion-driven attentional bias, how attention and emotion shape our awareness of the world, impacts of physical and emotional stress on cognition, and emotion regulation. We also specialise in understanding the implications of these processes for real-world safety, including on the roadways.

I am also passionate about fostering understanding of psychology outside the university. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to arrange an educational workshop or presentation to your school or organisation.

Research Lab: Motivated Attention and Perception lab (MAPlab)

Twitter: @SBMost


PSYC1011 (Introductory Psychology) & PSYC4093 (Cognition & Emotion Workshop)


= student or staff under my supervision

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

Research Fellowships

  • Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2012-2016)
  • NIH postdoctoral National Research Service Award (NRSA), 2003-2006

Teaching and Mentoring Awards

  • Outstanding Postgraduate Supervisor Award, Arc @ UNSW Student Life, 2016
  • Postgraduate Supervisor Award, Arc @ UNSW Student Life, 2016
  • Alpha Lambda Delta Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Delaware, 2010

Selected Recent Research Grants

  • Australian Research Council Discovery Project. “Capture and control: Overcoming distraction by reward-related stimuli”. 2017-2019. Chief Investigators: Le Pelley & Most.
  • Australian Research Council Linkage Project. “Understanding impact of autonomous vehicles on behavior and interactions”. 2016- 2018. Chief Investigators: Dixit, Waller, Bliemer, Most, Rakotonirainy.
  • UNSW Major Research Equipment & Infrastructure Scheme: “Appareo Vision 1000 flight data acquisition system and the Mobile Eye gaze tracking system” (with Michael Regan and Carlo Caponecchia): 2014.
  • Australian Research Council Future Fellowship: “How emotion shapes perception: Delineating structural, temporal, and representational properties of emotion-induced blindness”: 2012- 2016. Chief Investigator: Most.
  • National Institute of Mental Health (R03): “Emotion’s impact on mechanisms of conscious perception”: 2010-2012. Chief Investigator: Most.
  • National Institutes of Health (Delaware INBRE): “Neuro-cognitive self-regulation mechanisms and their relation to childhood and adolescent obesity”: 2009-2012. Chief Investigator: Most (with Robert Simons, James Hoffman, and Sandra Hassink)

Affiliations & Memberships


  • Psychonomic Society
  • Vision Sciences Society
  • Association for Psychological Science
  • American Psychological Association
  • Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society
  • Australasian Society for Experimental Psychology

Recent Editorial Positions

  • Associate Editor – Emotion (2013-2017)
  • Advisory Editor – Psychological Research (2009-2014)
  • Review Editor – Frontiers in Perception Science (2009-present)
  • Action Editor – Journal of Experimental Psychology: HPP (2010)

Current Research Students

Current PhD student: Sandersan Onie

Completed PhD students: Lingling Wang, Briana Kennedy, Vera Newman, Jenna Zhao