A new look at perceptual expertise

A new look at perceptual expertise

Programs Available

MRes Year 2 + PhD (1 + 3) OR PhD 

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Opening Date

01 Jan 2019 12am AEDT 

Closing Date

31 May 2019 11pm AEST 

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A new look at perceptual expertise

Trained visual experts often see things that novices miss, but how? How does experience tailor perception to support skilled performance? Answers to these questions can help shape programs designed to train people who contribute to public health and safety, such as radiologists. This project aims to develop understanding of how experience alters cognition and perception to support such skilled visual processing. We are looking for an excellent candidate to fill a 3-year PhD position or a 4-year combined Master of Research/PhD position. The successful applicant will be expected to develop and pursue a supervised, distinctive research program relevant to the perceptual and cognitive mechanisms underlying skilled visual information processing. The student will be supervised by Dr. Kim Curby in the Department of Psychology at Macquarie University. The PhD project will be part of an Australian Research Council-funded grant, in collaboration with international colleagues (Prof. Mary Peterson at the University of Arizona and Prof. Sarah Shomstein at George Washington University). Applicants must have an honours or masters degree. Previous experience with software such as Matlab and Photoshop is highly desirable.

Macquarie University has an excellent environment for research, with well structured support schemes for PhD students, including conference and research funding. The student will also be a member of two thriving research centres, the Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise and Training (CEPET) and the Perception and Action Research Centre (PARC), providing a dynamic and exciting environment to complete a PhD.


Domestic PhD or Domestic Bundle MRes Year 2 + PhD (1 + 3)

Scholarship Components

Living allowance/stipend valued at $27,596 per annum and tuition fee offset scholarship

Contact Details

Name: Kim Curby
Email: kim.curby@mq.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 9850 4153

How to Apply

For information on how to apply, select the "How to Apply" button below.

Please note, at the start of your application you should select the scholarship type of "HDR Project/Supervisor Specific Scholarship".

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