I have a BSc and PhD from the University of New South Wales. My initial research interests were in psycholinguistics, in particular how we read and write. In this area my best known contribution was the software package I developed to measure ballistic movements during writing. This software was in use at a number of labs around the years for many years, and was translated into French and Spanish.

More recently, my research interests have focused on how we combine information from our various sensors into a single experience of an event. This interest includes the role of auditory and visual information in comprehending language but also more diverse stimuli. In essence every experience in a complex mix of the sound, appearance, smell, feel and taste of the things around us. I have recently returned from a stint in the Crossmodal Research Laboratory at Oxford University, best known for it's research collaborations with chefs such as Heston Blumenthal.

  • Teaching Research design and statistics to non-research students. Increasing awareness of statistics reform and alternatives to Null Hypothesis Significance Testing
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Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 1990 to 1991 - UGC postdoctoral Fellow, Victoria University Wellington.
  • 1979 to 1982 - Auscot Undergraduate Scholarship

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  • I'll cry instead; The neural correlates of empathy (2020, PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Stress Less Stats: The Development and Evaluation of an Online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Program for Statistics Anxiety. (2015, PhD , Associate Advisor)
  • The Impact of Auditory Presentation Procedures on Behavioural Measures of Emotion Lateralisation (2017, PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Modelling written language production in English: a Bayesian model of spelling (2019, PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)

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