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Dr Zhi Yi Ong

ARC DECRA research fellow

I am interested in understanding the neurobiological mechanisms of food intake control and addiction. Using multi-level approaches in rodent models, my research explores the neural circuits, neuropeptide function, gut-brain interaction, and intracellular signaling pathways that contribute to the control of feeding and addictive behaviours.

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Dr Colin Palmer

Postdoctoral Fellow

I study visual perception, with a focus on how the brain processes the socially-important features of our sensory environment, like the eyes, faces, and behaviours of the people around us. I study this using visual psychophysics, together with computational modelling, 3D graphical rendering, and functional neuroimaging.

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Dr Asheeta Prasad

Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher

I am interested in the wiring of the brain, how neurons grow and form neural circuits and their functions. My research focuses on neural circuitry underlying complex behaviors such as learning, memory, reward related behavior and movement. Disturbances in the neural circuitry of these behaviours  contribute to pathophysiology of several neurological disorders such as drug addiction, depression, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and Multiple sclerosis.

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Dr Stephanie Roughley

Postdoctoral Research Associate; Lecturer (Education-Focused)

My research centres around the neural circuitry and neurochemical processes underpinning fundamental learning processes - particularly the function of dopamine transmission in associative formation and incentive mechanisms that drive different forms of Pavlovian conditioned and unconditioned responding.

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Dr Jacqueline Ann Rushby

Research Fellow

I have a strong background in cognitive psychophysiology and behavioural neuroscience. During my time at UNSW, I have been using psychophysiological techniques (EEG, Autonomic activity, MRI and non-invasive brain stimulation) to consolidate and focus my research to address questions of clinical significance within the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Brain Recovery. In 2011 I was awarded a NHMRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship to examine psychophysiological outcomes after severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).

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Dr Suraj Samtani

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Supervisor: Michelle Moulds

Research Areas: Clinical psychology, rumination, scale development

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Dr Rachel Stephens

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Research Areas: Inductive and deductive reasoning, category learning, face matching.

My primary research interest is human reasoning and its underlying cognitive processes, with the overarching question: how do people make predictions or inferences about novel situations based on existing knowledge?

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Dr Hua-Chun Sun

Research Associate

I studied my PhD at the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham, UK, between 2011 and 2015. My PhD work focused on investigating how the human brain processes visual material information using fMRI. Then I moved to Canada for a postdoc position at the Department of Ophthalmology, McGill University (2015-2018), studying texture processing in the visual system using psychophysics. I started my current research associate position in January 2019 at UNSW Psychology, studying visual perception of object material and illumination. 

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Dr Alice Towler

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

My research focusses on improving the accuracy and efficiency of facial identification systems by optimising the distribution of decision-making between humans and facial recognition software. I work closely with our research partners at the Australian Passport Office to develop evidence-based training and comparison methods for facial image comparison.

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