• 3862 Citations
  • 33 h-Index
1991 …2020

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Research Biography

My first degree is in Architectural Studies from the University of Adelaide, which was followed by an honours degree in Psychology. After being awarded a scholarship from the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, I completed a PhD in Experimental Psychology at King's College, Cambridge. Following the PhD, I worked at the University of Melbourne for 17 years and, during that time, was promoted from lecturer through to professor. In 2010, I moved back to Adelaide to take up a Strategic Professorship in Psychology at Flinders University. I am Director of the Brain and Cognition Laboratory, which has a broad interest in cognitive processes, how they operate and how they might be represented in the brain. I have held various administrative roles including Dean and Deputy Dean of the School of Psychology, Director or the Flinders Institute of Psychological Science and Chair of the School Research Committee. I have been an Editor of Laterality and an Associate Editor for the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. I'm currently the Dean of Research for the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work and am on the ARC College of Experts on the SBE Panel.

Research Interests

My research interests fall within the realm of cognitive neuroscience, which examines cognitive processes and how they relate to brain function. One specific interest is centred on the study of asymmetries in behavior and perception, which are tied to the lateralisation of brain function. Topics include handedness, spatial attention in clinical and healthy populations, language and facial expression and perception. I am also interested in how spatial attention is controlled by the brain and the links between attention in the various sensory modalities and spatial / representational dimensions.

Potential PhD Projects:

  1. investigating the impact of social context upon our perception and action in the world
  2. examining rehabilitation treatments of the neurological disorder spatial neglect
  3. investigating how language affects our perception in space
  4. handedness and its relation to personality and cognitive ability
  5. the role of eye movements in attentional asymmetries.

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Research Output

  • 3862 Citations
  • 33 h-Index
  • 142 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Paper
  • 1 Review article

Cognitive load exacerbates rightward biases during computer maze navigation

Bartlett, M. L., Scott Gwinn, O., Thomas, N. A. & Nicholls, M. E. R., Apr 2020, In : Brain and Cognition. 140, 9 p., 105547.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The cheerleader effect is robust to experimental manipulations of presentation time

    Carragher, D. J., Thomas, N. A., Gwinn, O. S. & Nicholls, M. E. R., 17 Aug 2020, In : Journal of Cognitive Psychology. 32, 5-6, p. 553-561 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Through Doorways and Down Corridors: Investigating Asymmetries During Computer Maze Navigation

    Thomas, N. A., Gwinn, O. S., Bartlett, M. L. & Nicholls, M. E. R., 3 Feb 2020, In : Journal of Cognition. 3, 1, 14 p., 4.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    Limited evidence of hierarchical encoding in the cheerleader effect

    Carragher, D. J., Thomas, N. A., Gwinn, O. S. & Nicholls, M. E. R., 27 Jun 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 1, 9329 (2019).

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    1 Downloads (Pure)

    Asymmetries in distractibility: Left distractors improve reaction time performance

    Thomas, N. & Nicholls, M., 26 Mar 2018, In : Scientific Reports. 8, 1, p. 1-9 9 p., 5157.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)