School of Psychology
While Mike’s first degree is in Architecture from the University of Adelaide, he went on to do a honours degree in Psychology and eventually a PhD in Experimental Psychology at Cambridge. He worked at the University of Melbourne for 17 years and moved back to Adelaide in 2010 to take up a strategic professorship in Psychology at Flinders University. He is 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.
B.Arch.St BA (Hons) PhD (Cantab)
2016 ARC Discovery Grant (4 years). : Nicholls & Thomas. Attentional asymmetries for navigation in healthy and clinical groups.
2015 ARC Discovery Grant (3 years). McCarley, Nicholls & Kramer. Two pairs of eyes are (sometimes) better than one: Optimal strategies for co-operation during visual search.
2014 ARC Linkage Grant (3 years). Principal investigators: Stevens, Vincs, Leach, Nicholls, Old, DeLahunta & Kirsh.Thinking brains and bodies: distributed cognitionand dynamic memory in Australian Dance Theatre.
2013 ARC Discovery grant (3 years). Nicholls, Loetscher & Spence. Close to me: The effect of distractors on spatial attention in healthy and clinical populations
2011 ARC Discovery grant (3 years). Nicholls, Forte & Spence. Left to Right is Front to Back: Attentional distortions in near and far space for healthy and clinical populations
2009 ARC Discovery grant (4 years). Nicholls & Bradshaw Left of centre: Attentional distortions in the mental representation of space in healthy and clinical populations
2005 ARC Discovery grant (3 years). Nicholls, Mattingley & Bradshaw. Attentional biases that underlie free-viewing perceptual asymmetries: Endogenous and exogenous effects
Associate Editor: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
Deputy Dean: School of Psychology
Head: Brain & Cognition Laboratory
Director: Flinders Institute of Psychological Science
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:
: Cognitive neroscience and attention
: Cognitive neuroscience and attention
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