A new look at perceptual expertise

A new look at perceptual expertise

Programs Available

MRes Year 2 + PhD (1 + 3) OR PhD 

Reference Number


Opening Date

01 Jun 2019 12am AEST 

Closing Date

31 Mar 2020 11pm AEDT 

Scholarship available to



Trained visual experts often rapidly perceive things that elude novices, but how? How does experience tailor perception to support skilled performance? These are important questions, both theoretically and in practice as visual experts, such as radiologists or security personnel, perform tasks that contribute daily to public health and safety. We are looking for an excellent candidate to fill a fully-sponsored 3-year, PhD position or a fully-sponsored 4-year combined Master of Research/PhD position to explore the perceptual and cognitive mechanisms that underpin perceptual expertise. This project aims to understand how experience alters cognition and perception to support such skilled visual processing. The successful candidate will be guided to develop and pursue distinctive research relevant to the perceptual and cognitive mechanisms underlying skilled visual information processing.

The student will be supervised by Dr. Kim Curby from the Department of Psychology at Macquarie University. This PhD project is part of an Australian Research Council-funded project together with international researchers Prof. Mary Peterson (University of Arizona) and Prof. Sarah Shomstein (George Washington University).

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.

Applicants are encouraged to apply prior to the scholarship deadline. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and an offer of scholarship will be made as soon as a suitable candidate has been selected.


This scholarship is available to eligible domestic candidates to undertake a direct entry 3-year PhD or MRes Year 2 + PhD (total 4 years)

Scholarship Components

Living allowance/stipend valued at $28,092 per annum (2020 rate) and tuition fee offset scholarship

Contact Details

Name: Kim Curby
Email: kim.curby@mq.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 98504153

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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