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Troy Visser

Assoc/Prof Troy Visser

Associate Professor
Psychological Science, School of

Contact details
School of Psychological Science
The University of Western Australia (M304)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 3635
Personal homepage
PhD Br.Col.
My research is at the interface between key human cognitive abilities, like attention and multi-tasking, and human behaviours across a variety of situations.

Over a century of "basic" experimental research has taught us a lot about human cognition and perception, as well as their underlying neural mechanisms. However, we know much less about how these abilities differ across individuals and groups, or how these abilities influence everyday behaviours, like driving, or performance in specialized jobs, like the military or or air-traffic control.

The goal of our work is to answer these questions by breaking through traditional divides between basic and applied research, and to focus instead on building a reciprocal relationship, in which basic research can guide practical questions, and practical outcomes can give new insights into basic processes.
Key research
Please contact A/Prof Visser for updates on the latest projects and see our recent publications on the website
for updated publications, please see my webpage (
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Head, Attention and Human Behaviour Laboratory (UWA Psychological Science).
A/Prof Visser's laboratory is equipped with a medium-fidelity vehicle simulator, tDCS neural stimulators, eye-tracking equipment, and behavioural testing computers (Presentation, Matlab). He also has access to School-based ERP and physiological recording (GSR, heart-rate monitoring) equipment.

Editorial Board Member

1. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human, Perception & Performance
2. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics

multi-tasking, simulation, perception, human factors
Funding received
Australian Research Council
Neurotrauma Research Program (Harry Perkins Institute)
Defence Science and Technology Group
Association for Psychological Science
Australian Cognitive Neuroscience Society
Honours and awards
2014 David Meister Memorial Award for the Best Paper in Systems Development (Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Conference, Chicago, USA)
PSYC 2203 (Research Methods and Statistics) - Unit Coordinator
PSYC 1101 (Psychology: Mind & Brain)
PSYC 2217/3317 (Cognitive Neuroscience)
PSYC 3310 (Specialist Report Topics)
Current external positions
Head of the UWA Node of the Human Performance Research Network (HPRnet), funded by Defense Science and Technology Group and the Australian Army
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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