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Jason Alan Bell

Dr Jason Alan Bell

Senior Lecturer
Psychological Science, School of

Contact details
School of Psychological Science
The University of Western Australia (M304)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 3231
PhD W.Aust.
2013-current: Senior Lecturer, School of Psychological Science, the University of Western Australia, Australia.

2011-current: Australian Research Council (ARC) Post-doctoral research fellow.

2011-2013: Lecturer, Research School of Psychology, the Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia.

2008-2010: Post-doctoral research fellow, McGill Vision Research Unit, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

2008: Graduated with a PhD from the University of Western Australia

2003: Graduated with a BA, Honours (Psychology) from the University of Western Australia.
Key research
Sensory Neuroscience Attention and Perception (SNAP) Lab
i) Perception research
-My research considers how the human visual system processes shapes and objects for recognition. Recognition is accomplished through the coordinated activation of distinct brain regions. Projects seek to discover what information is represented at each stage of processing.
I am interested in:
-Studying the role of hemispheric specialization in the processing of symmetry.
-The time course of visual perception. How fast and for how long do discrete visual mechanisms process content?
-The properties of the mechanisms processing visual number
-Serial dependencies in visual perception. How and when is past information used in the processing of the present?
ii) Clinical research
Together with Associate Professors Elizabeth Rieger (ANU) and Sue Byrne (UWA) I am undertaking research to understand the relationship between biases in perception and or attention, and eating disorder symptomology, or obesity.
I am interested in studying abnormalities of perception within particular groups. Current research interests include:
-Attentional biases to high and low calorie foods or to particular body shapes.
-Biases in the perceived healthiness of foods, or in the perceived size of female bodies.
-Attentional retraining procedures to reduce or null maladaptive processing strategies in relation to the above visual cues.
Together with Associate Professor Carmela Pestell (UWA) I am conducting studies to better our understanding of the relationship between ADHD and altered time perception.
Current research interests include:
-Studies retraining timing abilities
-Studies examining the role of emotional regulation in ADHD symptomology and time perception
iii) Sensory neuroscience
Understanding functional specialization in the brain is a fundamental goal of Neuroscience and Psychology. My lab currently offers opportunities to study the effects neuro-synchronization and of non-invasive cortical stimulation on perception, and behaviour.
Current research projects and collaborations are utilising:
- neuroscience techniques such as transcranial direct current stimulation, or tDCS to investigate the correlates of attention and perception.
-Neuro-synchronization techniques to understand the role of rhythmic brain activity in various aspects of attention, perception and action, with a focus on theta and alpha bands.
McGovern, D., Walsh. K., Bell, J., & Newll, F. (in press),Individual differences in context-dependent effects reveal common mechanisms underlying the direction aftereffect and direction repulsion. Vision Research.

Rieger, E., Dolan, A., Thomas, B., & Bell, J. (2017). The effect of interpersonal rejection on attentional biases regarding thin-ideal and non-thin images: The moderating role of body weight- and shape-based self-worth. Body Image, 22, 78-86.

Dondzilo, L., Rieger, E., Palermo, R., Byrne, S., & Bell, J. (2017). The mediating role of rumination in the relation between attentional bias towards thin female bodies and eating disorder symptomatology. PLoS One, 12(5), e0177870. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0177870.

Corke, M., Bell, J., Goodhew, S. C., Smithson, M., & Edwards, M. (2016). Perceived time slows during fleeting fun or fear. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 1-7.

Meso, A. I., Montagnini, A., Bell, J., & Masson, G. S. (2016). Looking for symmetry: fixational eye movements are biased by image mirror symmetry. Journal of Neurophysiology, 116(3), 1250-1260

Dondzilo, L., Rieger, E., Palermo, R., Byrne, S., & Bell, J. (2016). Association Between Rumination Factors and Eating Disorder Behaviours in Young Females. Advances in Eating Disorders.

Schmidtmann, G., Jennings, B. J., Bell, J., & Kingdom, F. A. (2015). Probability, not linear summation, mediates the detection of concentric orientation-defined textures. J Vis, 15(16), 1-6.

Carters, M. A., Rieger, E., & Bell, J. (2015). Reduced Inhibition of Return to Food Images in Obese Individuals. PloS one, 10(9), e0137821

Kingdom, F.A.A., Bell, J., Haddad, C., & Bartsch, A. (2015). Perceptual scales for chromatic and luminance blur in noise textures, Journal of Vision, 15 (9), 1-6

Rhodes, G., Pond, S., Burton, N., Kloth, N., Jeffery, L., Bell, J., & Palermo, R. (2015). How distinct is the coding of face identity and expression? Evidence for some common dimensions in face space. Cognition, 142, 123-137.

Apthorp, D., & Bell, J. (2015). Symmetry is less than meets the eye. Current Biology, 25(7), R267-268.

Bell, J., Manson, A., Edwards, M., & Meso, A. I. (2015). Numerosity and density judgments: Biases for area but not for volume. Journal of Vision, 15(2), 1-12.

Goodhew, S., Edwards, M., Boal, H., & Bell, J. (2015). Two objects or one? Similarity rather than complexity determines objecthood when resolving dynamic input. Journal of Experimental Psychology: HPP, 41 (1), 102-110.

Pammer, K, Korrel, H., & Bell, J., (2015). Visual distraction increases the detection of an unexpected object in inattentional blindness. Visual Cognition, 22(9-10) 1173-1183.

Bell, J., Forsyth, M., Badcock, D. R., & Kingdom, F. A. A. (2014). Global shape processing involves feature selective and feature agnostic coding mechanisms. Journal of Vision, 14 (11), 1-14.

White, C., Edwards, M., Brown, J., & Bell, J. (2014). The Impact of Recreational MDMA “Ecstasy” Use on Global Form Processing. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 28 (11), 1018-1029

Bell, J., Sampasivam, S., McGovern, D., & Kingdom, F. A. A. (2014). Contour inflections are adaptable features. Journal of Vision, 14 (7), 1-14.

Kingdom, F. A. A., Kardous, N., Curran, L., Bell, J., & Gheorghiu, E. (2014). Saliency interactions between the 'L-M' and 'S" cardinal colour directions. Vision Research, 95, 36-42.

Bell, J., Dickinson, J. E., Badcock, D.R., & Kingdom, F. A. A. (2013) Measuring sensitivity to viewpoint change with and without stereoscopic cues. Journal of Visualised Experiments, JoVE, 82, e50877

Gheorghiu, E., Bell, J., & Kingdom, F.A.A. (2013). Line orientation adaptation: local or global? PLOSone, 8(8), e73307.

Ouhnana, M., Bell, J., Solomon, J. A. & Kingdom, F. A. A. (2013). After-effect of perceived regularity. Journal of Vision 13,

Dickinson, J. E., Bell, J. & Badcock, D. R. (2013). Near their thresholds for detection, shapes are discriminated by the angular separation of their corners. PLoS One 8, e66015.

Bell, J., Kanjii, J., & Kingdom, F. A. A. (2013). Discrimination of rotated-in-depth curves is facilitated by stereoscopic cues, but curvature is not tuned for stereoscopic rotation-in-depth, Vision Research, 77, 14-20

Dickinson J.E., Mighall H.K., Almeida R.A., Bell J., & Badcock D.R. (2012). Rapidly acquired shape and face aftereffects are retinotopic and local in origin.Vision Research 65, 1-11

Gheorghiu, E., Kingdom, F. A. A., Bell, J., & Gurnsey, R. (2011). Why do shape aftereffects increase with eccentricity? Journal of Vision, 11(14).

Bell, J., Gheorghiu, E., Hess, R. F., & Kingdom, F. A. A. (2011). Global shape processing involves a hierarchy of integration stages. Vision Research, 51(15), 1760-1766.

Dickinson, J. E., Almeida, R. A., Bell, J., & Badcock, D. R. (2010). Global shape aftereffects have a local substrate: A tilt aftereffect field. Journal of Vision, 10(13)

Bell, J., Hancock, S., Kingdom, F. A. A., & Peirce, J. W. (2010). Global shape processing: Which parts form the whole? Journal of Vision, 10(6), 1-13.

Kingdom, F.A.A., Bell, J., Gheorghiu, E., & Malkoc, G. (2010). Chromatic variations suppress suprathreshold brightness variations. Journal of Vision.10(10), 1-13.

Dickinson, J. E., Han, L.,Bell, J., & Badcock, D. R. (2010). The effects of motion on form in radial frequency patterns are local.Journal of Vision, 10(3), 1-15.

Bell, J. Gheorghiu, E., & Kingdom, F. A. A. (2009). Orientation tuning of curvature adaptation reveals both curvature-polarity-selective and non-selective mechanisms. Journal of Vision 9(12), 1- 11.

Bell, J., Wilkinson, F., Wilson, H. R., Loffler, G., & Badcock, D. R. (2009). Radial frequency adaptation reveals interacting contour shape channels. Vision Research, 49(18), 2306-2317.

Bell, J., & Kingdom, F. A. A. (2009). Global contour shapes are coded differently from their local components. Vision Research, 49(13), 1702-1710.

Bell, J., & Badcock, D. R. (2009). Narrow-band radial frequency shape channels revealed by sub-threshold summation. Vision Research, 49(8), 843-850.

Bell, J., Dickinson, J. E., & Badcock, D. R. (2008). Radial frequency adaptation suggests polar-based coding of local shape cues. Vision Research, 48(21), 2293-2301.

Bell, J., & Badcock, D. R. (2008). Luminance and contrast cues are integrated in global shape detection with contours. Vision Research, 48(21), 2336-2344.

Bell, J., Badcock, D. R., Wilson, H., & Wilkinson, F. (2007). Detection of shape in radial frequency contours: Independence of local and global form information. Vision Research, 47(11), 1518-1522
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Director of Undergraduate Education
Funding received
2017: UWA central, ARC Near Miss Scheme/ 20k
2013-2017: ARC LP grant “Attention and hazard perception while driving: How experts see the scene” >$300k

2011-2015: ARC Australian Post-doctoral Fellowship (APD) awarded. >$250k
Current members of the SNAP lab (UWA and ANU)
-Brendan Tonson-Older
-Mike Corke
-Alex Cobb
-Kimberlee McFarlane
-Mimosa Forsyth
-Laura Dondzilo
-Joanna Alexi
-Gemma Healey
-Annabelle Nankoo
-Dielle Horne
-Gideon Sacks
-Alice Tobin
-Kendra Dommisse
-Kaitlyn Turbett

-Megan Carters (DPsych)
Honours and awards
2009: Doctoral thesis receives a national award for excellence from the Australian Psychological Society (APS)

2008: Awarded a distinction (top 5%) for my doctoral thesis by the University of Western Australia postgraduate research board
Psychology 1101 (Unit coordinator)
Sensory Perception
Cognitive Neuroscience
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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