Dr Tamara Watson

Dr Tamara Watson



My research aims to understand dynamic processing of sensory stimuli. Focusing on the visual system I am interested in how and why an unchanging stimulus can look different to us depending on the context within which it is presented. I use both human psychophysical and neuroimaging techniques in my research. I completed my PhD at the University of Sydney, School of Psychology and subsequently moved to Rutgers University, Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience (New Jersey, USA) to complete a Human Frontiers Science Program Post Doctoral Fellowship. In 2009 I returned to the Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney where I expanded my research focus to investigate perceptual changes that occur during psychosis. I joined the University of Western Sydney as a research lecturer in May 2010.

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Areas of Research / Teaching Expertise

Psychology- visual perception,cognition, eye movements and perception, face recognition.

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Grants / Current Projects

Identifying the basis for perceptual stability and perceptual omission during saccadic eye movements, Watson L Tamara, ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2011 - 2013.

Human Frontiers Science Program Long Term Fellowship, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, USA. 2007-2010.

Australian Postgraduate Award,University of Sydney, Sydney, AUS. 2003-2006

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Awards and Recognition

Tasman Lovell Medal, 2007, University of Sydney, Sydney, Aus.
Outstanding Doctoral Thesis in Psychology

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Selected Publications

Van Der Linde, I., & Watson T.L. A A combinatorial study of pose effects in recognition memory for unfamiliar faces. (2010). Vision Research, 50, 522-533.

Rhodes, G., Watson, T.L., Jeffery, L., & Clifford, C.W.G. (2010). Perceptual adaptation helps us identify faces. Vision Research, 50, 963-8.

Watson, T.L., & Krekelberg, B. (2009) The relationship between saccadic suppression and perceptual stability. Current Biology, 19, 1040-1043.

Watson, T.L., & Clifford, C.W.G. (2006). Orientation-dependence of the orientation contingent face aftereffect. Vision Research, 46, 3422-3429.

Watson, T.L., Hill, H.C., Johnston, A. & Troje, N. (2005). Motion as a cue for viewpoint invariance. Visual Cognition, 12, 1291-1308.

Rhodes, G., Jeffery, L., Watson, T.L., Jaquet, E., Winkler, C. & Clifford, C.W.G. (2004). Orientation-Contingent face aftereffects and implications for face coding mechanisms. Current Biology, 14, 2119-2123.

Watson, T.L., Pearson, J., & Clifford, C.W.G. (2004). Perceptual grouping of biological motion promotes binocular rivalry. Current Biology, 14, 1670-1974.

Rhodes, G., Jeffery, L., Watson, T.L., Clifford, C.W.G., & Nakayama, K. (2003). Fitting the mind to the world: face adaptation and attractiveness aftereffects. Psychological Science, 14, 558-566.

Watson, T.L., & Clifford, C.W.G. (2003). Pulling faces: an investigation of the face distortion aftereffect. Perception, 32, 1109-1116.

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