Doctor David Arness

Doctor David Arness

Lecturer in Psychological Science,
Psychological Science


I have broad areas of interest in research and teaching, but with common themes of optimal human performance, and a special interest in mindfulness and attention. Currently working on a project investigating first-year academic experience, specifically in students with attentional dysregulation and problematic social media use.

In my teaching experience, I have had the opportunity to contribute to several innovative online teaching projects, including co-designing/developing the first fully online unit offered in Psychology (Behaviour and Environment), which was also offered as a MOOC through iTunesU.

This aligns with an ongoing interest in student learning experience, and in particular with asynchronous online learning.

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  • PhD University of Western Sydney


  • Meditation and Attention
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Mindfulness
  • Social Media
  • Teaching and Learning Methods
  • User-experience design

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Psychological Science


Phone: (02) 9685 9098
Mobile: 0421851150
Location: BCC level 9

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101182 Behaviour and Environment, 2017
  • 101614 Psychology and Health, 2021
  • 101689 Advanced Research Methods, 2014
  • 102533 Brain and Behaviour (online), 2017
  • 102534 Experimental Design and Analysis (online), 2016


Journal Articles

  • Arness, D. and Ollis, T. (2022), '[In Press] A mixed-methods study of problematic social media use, attention dysregulation, and social media use motives', Current Psychology, .
  • Nguyen, Q., Miller, N., Arness, D., Huang, W., Huang, M. and Simoff, S. (2020), 'Evaluation on interactive visualization data with scatterplots', Visual Informatics, vol 4, no 4 , pp 1 - 10.
  • Nguyen, Q., Arness, D., Sanderson, C., Simoff, S. and Huang, M. (2018), 'Enabling effective tree exploration using visual cues', Journal of Visual Languages and Computing, vol 47 , pp 44 - 61.

Conference Papers

  • Jones, C., Nicholson, R., Ashcroft-Smith, M., Sailba, L., Abraham, J., Mubin, O., Yevenes, K., Bidewell, J., Moussa, M., Arness, D., Berry, J., Hellany, A. and Darestani, M. (2022), 'Beyond the discipline : mapping and developing WIL across transdisciplinary curricula', The Australian Collaborative Education Network. Conference, Melbourne, Vic..
  • Fletcher, C., Huang, W., Arness, D. and Nguyen, Q. (2019), 'The role of working memory capacity in graph reading performance', IEEE Pacific Visualization Symposium, Bangkok, Thailand.

Research Interests

  • Student experience and engagement, with specific interests in self-regulated learning in the online context, teaching evaluation/QA, and methods of student assessment.
  • Meditation, attention and performance, with specific interest in mental fatigue and executive control.
  • User-experience in design.

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