Dr Genevieve Quek

Research Program: Brain Sciences


Research Fellow


Dr Quek graduated in 2015 with a combined PhD / Master of Clinical Neuropsychology from Macquarie University. She has extensive experience in continuous behavioural methods, and trained extensively in leading European cognitive neuroscience labs to build deep expertise in advanced electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetoencephalography (MEG). She joined MARCS as a Research Fellow in 2021.

Research Interests

My research focuses on understanding how the human brain transforms complex, dynamic visual input into a meaningful understanding of the world. How do we recognise what we see so efficiently? In pursuit of this question, I use neural and behavioural indices of high-level vision to reveal perceptual categorisation processes as they unfold in the brain. To date, a large part of this work has centred on human face recognition and the factors that modulate this highly specialised brain function. More recently, I have shifted to explore how the brain processes relations between multiple objects present in a scene, and the ways in which such concurrent object representations can influence each other. In future, I aim to expand this research program towards revealing the developmental trajectory of face and object representations across the lifespan.

Qualifications and Honours

  • PhD / Master Clinical Neuropsychology (graduated 2015)


Quek, G. L., Rossion, B., & Liu-Shuang, J. (2021). Critical information thresholds underlying generic and familiar face categorisation at the same face encounter. Neuroimage, 243, 118481. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2021.118481

Feuerriegel, D., Yook, J., Quek, G. L., Hogendoorn, H., & Bode, S. (2021). Visual mismatch responses index surprise signalling but not expectation suppression. Cortex, 134, 16-29. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2020.10.006

Teichmann, L., Quek, G. L., Robinson, A. K., Grootswagers, T., Carlson, T. A., & Rich, A. N. (2020). The Influence of Object-Color Knowledge on Emerging Object Representations in the Brain. The Journal of Neuroscience, 40(35), 6779-6789. doi:10.1523/jneurosci.0158-20.2020

Quek, G. L., & Peelen, M. V. (2020). Contextual and Spatial Associations Between Objects Interactively Modulate Visual Processing. Cerebral Cortex, 30(12), 6391-6404. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhaa197

Kaiser, D., Quek, G. L., Cichy, R. M., & Peelen, M. V. (2019). Object Vision in a Structured World. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 23(8), 672-685. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2019.04.013

Feuerriegel, D., Keage, H., Rossion, B., & †Quek, G. L. (2018). Immediate stimulus repetition abolishes stimulus expectation and surprise effects in fast periodic visual oddball designs. Biological Psychology, 138, 110-125.

De Keyser, R., Mouraux, A., Quek, G. L., Torta, D. M., & Legrain, V. (2018). Fast Periodic Visual Stimulation to study tool-selective processing in the human brain. Experimental Brain Research, 236(10), 2751-2763.

*Quek, G. L., *Liu-Shuang, J, Goffaux, V., & Rossion, B. (2018). Ultra-coarse, single-glance human face detection in a dynamic visual stream. NeuroImage, 176, 465-476.

*Quek, G. L., *Nemrodov, D., Rossion, B., & Liu-Shuang, J. (2018). Selective Attention to Faces in a Rapid Visual Stream: Hemispheric Differences in Enhancement and Suppression of Category-selective Neural Activity. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 30(3), 393-410.

Quek, G. L. & Rossion, B. (2017). Category-selective human brain processes elicited in fast periodic visual stimulation streams are immune to temporal predictability. Neuropsychologia, 104, 182-200.

Quek, G. L. & Finkbeiner, M. (2016). The upper-hemifield advantage for masked face processing: Not just an attentional bias. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 78(1), 52-68.

Quek, G. L. & Finkbeiner, M. (2014). Face-perception is superior in the upper visual field: Evidence from masked priming. Visual Cognition, 22(8), 1038-1042.

Quek, G. L. & Finkbeiner, M. (2014). Gaining the upper hand: evidence of vertical asymmetry in sex-categorisation of human hands. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 10(4), 131-143.

Quek, G. L. & Finkbeiner, M. (2014). Face-sex categorisation is better above-fixation than below: Evidence from the Reach-to-Touch paradigm. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 14(4), 1407-1419.

Quek, G. L. & Finkbeiner, M. (2013). Spatial and temporal attention modulate the early stages of face processing: Behavioural evidence from a reaching paradigm. PLoS ONE, 8(2), e57365-e57365.

Contact Genevieve

Email g.quek@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone 0413384574
Location Western Sydney University Westmead campus