Associate Professor Tamara Watson

Associate Professor Tamara Watson

Associate Professor in Psychological Science,
Psychological Science

Biography

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.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Watson.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Sydney

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Psychological Science

Contact

Email: T.Watson@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9772 6006
Mobile:
Location: 24.G.27
Bankstown

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Publications

Journal Articles

  • Garcia Garcia, M., Rifai, K., Wahl, S. and Watson, T. (2021), 'Adaptation to geometrically skewed moving images : an asymmetrical effect on the double-drift illusion', Vision Research, vol 179 , pp 75 - 84.
  • Stein, N., Niehorster, D., Watson, T., Steinicke, F., Rifai, K., Wahl, S. and Lappe, M. (2021), 'A comparison of eye tracking latencies among several commercial head-mounted displays', i-Perception, vol 12, no 1 .
  • Caruana, N., Stein, T., Watson, T., Williams, N. and Seymour, K. (2019), 'Intact prioritisation of unconscious face processing in schizophrenia', Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, vol 24, no 2 , pp 135 - 151.
  • Schweitzer, R., Watson, T., Watson, J. and Rolfs, M. (2019), 'The joy of retinal painting : a build-it-yourself device for intrasaccadic presentations', Perception, vol 48, no 10 , pp 1020 - 1025.
  • Watson, T. and Lappe, M. (2019), 'Fixation related shifts of perceptual localization counter to saccade direction', Journal of Vision, vol 19, no 13 .
  • Balsdon, T., Schweitzer, R., Watson, T. and Rolfs, M. (2018), 'All is not lost : post-saccadic contributions to the perceptual omission of intra-saccadic streaks', Consciousness and Cognition, vol 64 , pp 19 - 31.
  • Mifsud, N., Beesley, T., Watson, T., Elijah, R., Sharp, T. and Whitford, T. (2018), 'Attenuation of visual evoked responses to hand and saccade-initiated flashes', Cognition, vol 179 , pp 14 - 22.
  • Clifford, C., Watson, T. and White, D. (2018), 'Two sources of bias explain errors in facial age estimation', Royal Society Open Science, vol 5, no 10 .
  • Watson, T., Otsuka, Y. and Clifford, C. (2016), 'Who are you expecting? : biases in face perception reveal prior expectations for sex and age', Journal of Vision, vol 16, no 3 .
  • Mifsud, N., Beesley, T., Watson, T. and Whitford, T. (2016), 'Attenuation of auditory evoked potentials for hand and eye-initiated sounds', Biological Psychology, vol 120 , pp 61 - 68.
  • Chen, N., Clarke, P., Watson, T., MacLeod, C. and Guastella, A. (2015), 'Attentional bias modification facilitates attentional control mechanisms : evidence from eye tracking', Biological Psychology, vol 104 , pp 139 - 146.
  • Haladjian, H., Wufong, E. and Watson, T. (2015), 'Spatial compression : dissociable effects at the time of saccades and blinks', Journal of Vision, vol 15, no 9 .
  • Clifford, C., Mareschal, I., Otsuka, Y. and Watson, T. (2015), 'A Bayesian approach to person perception', Consciousness and Cognition, vol 36 , pp 406 - 413.
  • Watson, T. and Robbins, R. (2014), 'The nature of holistic processing in face and object recognition : current opinions', Frontiers in Psychology, vol 5, no 3 , pp 1 - 2.
  • Chen, N., Clarke, P., Watson, T., MacLeod, C. and Guastella, A. (2014), 'Biased saccadic responses to emotional stimuli in anxiety : an antisaccade study', PLoS One, vol 9, no 2 .
  • Maloney, R., Watson, T. and Clifford, C. (2014), 'Determinants of motion response anisotropies in human early visual cortex : the role of configuration and eccentricity', NeuroImage, vol 100, no Suppl. C , pp 564 - 579.
  • Watson, T., Robbins, R. and Best, C. (2014), 'Infant perceptual development for faces and spoken words : an integrated approach', Developmental Psychobiology, vol 56, no 7 , pp 1454 - 1481.
  • Watson, T. (2013), 'Implications of holistic face processing in autism and schizophrenia', Frontiers in Psychology, vol 4 , pp 1 - 11.
  • Maloney, R., Watson, T. and Clifford, C. (2013), 'Human cortical and behavioral sensitivity to patterns of complex motion at eccentricity', Journal of Neurophysiology, vol 110, no 11 , pp 2545 - 2556.
  • Kaur, M., Lagopoulos, J., Ward, P., Watson, T., Naismith, S., Hickie, I. and Hermens, D. (2012), 'Mismatch negativity/P3a complex in young people with psychiatric disorders : a cluster analysis', PLoS One, vol 7, no 12 .
  • Watson, T. and Krekelberg, B. (2011), 'An Equivalent Noise Investigation of Saccadic Suppression', Journal of Neuroscience, vol 31, no 17 , pp 6535 - 6541.
  • Van Der Linde, I. and Watson, T. (2010), 'A combinatorial study of pose effects in unfamiliar face recognition', Vision Research, vol 50, no 5 , pp 522 - 533.
  • Rhodes, G., Watson, T., Jeffery, L. and Clifford, C. (2010), 'Perceptual adaptation helps us identify faces', Vision Research, vol 53 , pp 963 - 968.
  • Watson, T. and Krekelberg, B. (2009), 'The relationship between saccadic suppression and perceptual stability', Current Biology, vol 19, no 12 , pp 1040 - 1043.
  • Watson, T. and Clifford, C. (2006), 'Orientation-dependence of the orientation contingent face aftereffect', Vision Research, vol 46 , pp 3422 - 3429.
  • Watson, T., Hill, H., Johnston, A. and Troje, N. (2005), 'Motion as a cue for viewpoint invariance.', Visual Cognition, vol 12 , pp 1291 - 1308.

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

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Watson.

Current Projects

Title: Flower Power: Natural Form, Aesthetics and the Human Brain
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Tamara Watson
Years: 2017-06-30 - 2021-12-31
ID: P00023270
Title: Frontiers Technology Clinical Academic Group: disruptive innovation in healthcare
Funder:
  • Maridulu Budyari Gumal
Western Researchers: Kate Stevens, Paul Breen, Gaetano Gargiulo, Sandra Garrido, Gough Lui, Don Wright, Gabrielle Weidemann and Tamara Watson
Years: 2019-01-01 - 2021-12-31
ID: P00025405

Previous Projects

Title: Who Are You Expecting? Uncertainty and Bias in High-Level Vision [via UNSW]
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Tamara Watson
Years: 2015-01-30 - 2019-01-29
ID: P00022483
Title: PLATYPUS - PLAsticiTY of Perceptual space Under Sensorimotor interactions [via Munster University, Germany - no funding to WSU]
Funder:
  • European Commission
Western Researchers: Tamara Watson and Gabrielle Weidemann
Years: 2017-07-01 - 2021-06-30
ID: P00023401
Title: Identifying the basis for perceptual stability and perceptual omission during saccadic eye movements
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Tamara Watson
Years: 2011-01-01 - 2014-06-30
ID: P00018169
Title: Steady vision: The role of discontinuity and disruption
Funder:
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Tamara Watson
Years: 2016-01-01 - 2017-12-31
ID: P00023139
Title: Auditory facilitation of visual search; a steay state visual evoked potential investigation of neural mechanisms.
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Tamara Watson and John Cass
Years: 2011-11-09 - 2012-11-08
ID: P00020509

Supervision

Associate Professor Watson is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Combinational (EEG/fMRI) neurophysiological recordings of early visual processing in clinical populations.
Field of Research:

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