I’m an Associate Professor of Cognitive Science in the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland.
I spend most of my time investigating the cognitive processes involved in learning new skills. For example, we’ve been working closely with policing and security agencies to help experts interpret evidence more effectively and reduce the amount of time that it takes to train examiners. I take great pleasure in working across multiple domains from basic visual processes to high level decision making, misinformation, and insight moments.
I received a BASc in Philosophy and Psychology from The University of Lethbridge, in Alberta, Canada where I grew up, and a PhD in Psychology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, before moving to Sydney in 2004 for a postdoctoral fellowship at UNSW, and joined The University of Queensland in 2006.
I work with some outstanding collaborators, and I have been fortunate to have many wonderful honours and PhD students in my lab.
I have a range of interests in the fields of cognitive and relational psychology. I have worked on projects studying the role of collective intelligence in fingerprint expertise, the state of open science in law and legal psychology, the way critical thinking is conceptualised in higher education, and how human attachment styles shape neural processes that impact our wellbeing.
I’m a PhD candidate in the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland. I’m particularly interested in the mechanisms that support the development of expertise: how learners can develop as self-regulated learners and how educators can develop as evidence-based practitioners. On a practical level, I’m interested in the translation and application of the learning sciences in complex learning environments such as forensic investigation.
My research is focussed on understanding more about the roles that intuition and deliberation play in our ability to distinguish fact from fiction, and whether it is possible to train people to improve at this task. Beyond my research, I am also interested in evidence-based teaching and learning and how I can apply this to my own teaching practices with both high school and undergraduate students.
|Gianni Ribeiro||2020||Communicating error and expertise in forensic expert testimony|
|Ruben Laukkonen||2018||The phenomenology of truth the psychological functions of the insight experience|
|Rachel Searston||2016||The emergence of expertise with novel objects|
|Wen Wu||2014||Natural categorisation on the basis of style non analytic concept learning of natural scenes|
|Matthew Thompson||2013||On expertise in fingerprint identification|
|Team Thesis||2020||Developing a masterclass on cognitive forensics|
|Luke Gao||2018||Considering the alternative a training method to improve expertise with fingerprints|
|Hilary Grimmer||2018||Can eliciting feelings of insight influence judgements of fake news|
|Naomi Hunt||2018||The role of feature lists in fingerprint identification|
|Kenyon Turner||2018||Cause and effect: Investigating the efficacy of causal mechanisms for improving fingerprint identification discriminability|
|Brooklyn Corbett||2017||The role of progressive challenge in the development of perceptual expertise|
|Daniel Ingledew||2017||Objective Aha! moments: Measuring insight using a dynamometer|
|Kirsty Kent||2017||Harnessing our hidden wisdom: Making use of crowds in fingerprint identification|
|Benjamin Matthews||2017||Deep structure in visual category learning|
|Ryan Metcalfe||2017||A handful of identities: Examining the nature of identity categorisation in fingerprints|
|Yinnam Chan||2016||How does image resolution affect memory confidence bias and response time judgements of visual category membership?|
|Luke French||2016||Pixels in place of pictures: Exploring the effect of image resolution on discrimination between visual categories|
|Samuel Robson||2016||Faces from different dimensions: The role of distinctiveness in the flashed face distortion effect|
|Liuissa Zhen||2016||Effects of practice testing on learning to discriminate visual categories|
|Jessica Marris||2015||From novice to expert: Investigating the effect of exemplars on learning|
|Freya Young||2015||Domain specificity vs generality: What upside-down fingerprints can tell us|
|Jessica Baird||2012||Investigating the nature of fingerprint expertise|
|Charles Driver||2012||Memory for choices|
|Hannah Haysom||2012||Could Comic Sans make you smarter? An exploration of the effects of disfluency on learning outcomes|
|Ruben Laukkonen||2012||Pupil dilation as a physiological indicator of perceptual expertise|
|Rachel Searston||2012||Guilty by association: An investigation of bias in fingerprint identification|
|Elise Jones||2011||Fingerprint identification: The biasing effect of search strategy|
|Jane Sexton||2011||Proficiency Tests in forensic science: A step towards identifying expertise|
|Billy Sung||2011||When pretty girls turn ugly: The flash face distortion effect|
|Cindy Theresiana||2011||Associative learning under a low level of contingency awareness and its implication in brand image formation|
|Alice Towler||2011||Charts and fingerprints: A match made in court|
|Elizabeth Whitehouse||2011||An investigation into disfluency effects: Depth of learning and affective outcomes|
|Sean Murphy||2010||Recognising faces with low levels of information|
|Jacqueline Seah||2010||The effect of context on brand choice|
|Merryn Constable||2009||Simplifying learning: Bridging the gap between expression and comprehension|
|Kathleen Ivison||2009||The underlying processes involved in fingerprint identification|
|Bridie James||2009||Forming attitudes under a low level of awareness|
|Renée Treloar||2009||Lineup and be counted: The role of memory and presentation mode in the perception and judgement of fingerprints|
|Katherine Woodward||2009||Investigating the cheater and danger frameworks using a change detection task|
|Phillip Gee||2008||The perception of fingerprints: Style over specifics|
|Carly Seymour||2008||The preliminary psychophysics of shoeprint identification|
|Wen Wu||2008||Visual discrimination on the basis of style: Evaluation of low levels of awareness in human discrimination|
|Stephanie Goodhew||2007||Judgements of style: People, pigeons, and Picasso|
|David Miles||2007||A flexible interpretation of events: The effects of outliers, expectancy and the causal model on human contingency judgements|
|Roxana Pearson||2007||When more causes less: An examination of people s intuitive judgements of negative continuous relationships|
|Stephen Rollings||2007||Similar causes similar effects: How causal judgements are influenced by similarity|