Position

Post-doctoral Research Fellow
School of Psychology

Biography

I am a research fellow in the Brain and Cognition Laboratory at Flinders University where I investigate the cognitive neuroscience of new forms of social interaction including emoticons and profile pictures. A good list of my publications is here.

I have appeared as a guest on The Health Report with Dr. Norman Swan and my work has been covered in newspapers and magazines around the world including the Telegraph and the Independent in the UK, Wired and the Smithsonian Magazine in the US and Le Figaro in France .

I have also written articles for The Conversation.

I received my PhD from the University of Cambridge where worked at the Autism Research Centre.

You can follow me @OwenChurches and contact me Owen.Churches@flinders.edu.au.

Qualifications

PhD (Cantab.)

Research interests

I work with Prof. Mike Nicholls, Dr. Tobias Loetscher and Dr. Nicole Thomas on aspects of attention and hemispheric lateralisation.

Publications

  • Saccone, E.J., Szpak, A.L., Churches, O.F. and Nicholls, M.E. (2016). Affordance perception in socially contracted peripersonal space. 16th Annual Meeting of the Vision Science Society. Florida, USA. May 2016.
  • Saccone, E.J., Szpak, A.L., Churches, O.F. and Nicholls, M.E. (2016). Socially contracted peripersonal space affects object affordances. 43rd Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. Melbourne, Australia. Mar 2016.
  • Churches, O.F. (2015). Separate cognitive mechanisms drive the perceptual biases in horizontal and vertical dimensions. 42nd Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. Sydney, Australia. Apr 2015.
  • Churches, O.F., Loetscher, T., Thomas, N.A. and Nicholls, M.E. (2015). Perceptual biases in the horizontal and vertical dimensions are driven by separate cognitive mechanisms. International Conference on Spatial Cognition. Rome, Italy. Sep 2015.
  • Szpak, A.L., Loetscher, T., Churches, O.F. and Thomas, N.A. (2015). The effect of interpersonal proximity on spatial attention. International Conference on Spatial Cognition. Rome, Italy. Sep 2015.
  • Szpak, A.L., Loetscher, T., Churches, O.F. and Thomas, N.A. (2015). Sparks Flying: Attentional attraction, withdrawal and electrodermal activity. 2nd Annual Australasian Social Neuroscience Society Meeting. Brisbane, Australia. Jun 2015.
  • Churches, O.F., Loetscher, T., Thomas, N.A., Nicholls, M.E. and Hobson, A.S.J. (2015). Asymmetries for searching within an array. 42nd Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. Sydney, Australia. Apr 2015.
  • Saccone, E.J., Churches, O.F. and Nicholls, M.E. (2015). Abstract spatial coding and affordance influences on the object handle orientation effect. International Conference on Spatial Cognition. Rome, Italy. Sep 2015.
  • Szpak, A., Loetscher, T., Churches, O., Thomas, N. and Nicholls, M.E.R. (2015). The chemistry between us: Attraction, withdrawal and electrodermal activity. 42nd Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. Sydney, Australia. Apr 2015.
  • Nicholls, M.E.R., Loveless, K., Thomas, N., Loetscher, T. and Churches, O. (2014). All participants are not created equal: Motivation and peformance are affected by time of semester. 41st Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. Brisbane, Australia. Apr 2014.
  • Churches, O., Nicholls, M.E.R., Feuerriegel, D., Kohler, M. and Keage, H. (2014). A test of conventions: An empirical study to determine whether ERP researchers should start plotting all waveforms with negative downward. Experimental Psychology Society Conference. Brisbane, Australia. Apr 2014.
  • Saccone, E., Churches, O. and Nicholls, M.E.R. (2014). A one handed motor task differentially affects naming of objects with aligned and unaligned handles. 41st Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. Brisbane, Australia. Apr 2014.
  • Lavrencic, L.M., Kurylowicz, L., Valenzuela, M.J., Churches, O.F. and Keage, H.A. (2016). Social cognition is not associated with cognitive reserve in older adults. Aging Neuropsychology and Cognition, 23(1) pp. 61-77.
    [Scopus]
  • Churches, O.F., Loetscher, T., Thomas, N.A. and Nicholls, M.E. (2016). Perceptual biases in the horizontal and vertical dimensions are driven by separate cognitive mechanisms. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology,
    [10.1080/17470218.2015.1131841] [Scopus]
  • Saccone, E.J., Churches, O.F. and Nicholls, M.E. (2016). Explicit spatial compatility is not critical to the object handle effect. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance,
  • Kohler, M., Keage, H.A., Spooner, R., Flitton, A., Hofmann, J., Churches, O.F., et al. (2015). Variability in lateralised blood flow response to language is associated with language development in children aged 1-5 years. Brain and Language, 145-146 pp. 34-41.
    [10.1016/j.bandl.2015.04.004] [Scopus]
  • Loetscher, T., Chen, C.S., Wignall, S.J., Bulling, A., Hoppe, S., Churches, O.F., et al. (2015). A study on the natural history of scanning behaviour in patients with visual field defects after stroke. BMC Neurology, 15(64)
    [10.1186/s12883-015-0321-5] [Scopus]
  • Keage, H., Kurylowicz, L., Lavrencic, L.M., Churches, O.F., Flitton, A., Hofmann, J., et al. (2015). Cerebrovascular function associated with fluid, not crystallized, abilities in older adults: A transcranial doppler study. Psychology and Aging, 30(3) pp. 613-623.
    [10.1037/pag0000026] [Scopus]
  • Feuerriegel, D., Churches, O.F., Hofmann, J. and Keage, H.A. (2015). The N170 and face perception in psychiatric and neurological disorders: A systematic review. Clinical Neurophysiology, 126 pp. 1141-1158.
    [10.1016/j.clinph.2014.09.015] [Scopus]
  • Feuerriegel, D., Churches, O.F. and Keage, H.A. (2015). Is neural adaptation of the N170 category-specific? Effects of adaptor stimulus duration and interstimulus interval. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 96 pp. 8-15.
    [10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2015.02.030] [Scopus]
  • Nicholls, M.E.R., Loveless, K.M., Thomas, N., Loetscher, T. and Churches, O. (2015). Some participants may be better than others: Sustained attention and motivation are higher early in semester. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 68(1) pp. 10-18.
    [10.1080/17470218.2014.925481] [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Thiessen, M., Kohler, M., Churches, O.F., Coussens, S. and Keage, H.A. (2015). Brainy type: A look at how the brain processes typographic information. Visible Language, 49(1-2)
  • Szpak, A., Loetscher, T., Churches, O., Thomas, N., Spence, C. and Nicholls, M.E.R. (2015). Keeping your distance: Attentional withdrawal in individuals who show physiological signs of social discomfort. Neuropsychologia, 70 pp. 462-467.
    [10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2014.10.008]
  • Bakker, M., Hofmann, J., Churches, O., Badcock, N., Kohler, M. and Keage, H. (2014). Cerebrovascular function and cognition in childhood: A systematic review of transcranial doppler studies. BMC Neurology, 14(1) pp. Article 43.
    [10.1186/1471-2377-14-43] [Scopus]
  • Churches, O., Feuerriegel, D., Callahan, R., Wells, J., Keage, J., Keage, H.A., et al. (2014). Facing up to sterotypes: Surgeons and physicians are no different in their emotional expressiveness. Laterality, 19(5) pp. 585-590.
    [10.1080/1357650X.2014.888076] [Scopus]
  • Churches, O., Nicholls, M.E.R., Thiessen, M., Kohler, M. and Keage, H.A. (2014). Emoticons in mind: An event-related potential study. Social Neuroscience, 9(2) pp. 196-202.
    [10.1080/17470919.2013.873737] [Scopus]
  • Keage, H., Coussens, S., Kohler, M., Thiessen, M. and Churches, O. (2014). Investigating letter recognition in the brain by varying typeface: An event-related potential study. Brain and Cognition, 88 pp. 83-89.
    [10.1016/j.bandc.2014.05.001] [Scopus]
  • Catarino, A., Andrade, A., Churches, O., Wagner, A., Baron-Cohen, S. and Ring, H. (2013). Task-related functional connectivity in autism spectrum conditions: An EEG study using wavelet transform coherence. Molecular Autism, 4(1)
    [Web Link]
  • McCallum, S., Mikocka-Walus, A., Keage, H., Churches, O. and Andrews, J. (2013). A novel treatment resource for co-ocurring symptoms. Advances in Dual Diagnosis, 6(4) pp. 155-167.
    [10.1108/ADD-08-2013-0018] [Scopus]
  • Churches, O., Baron-Cohen, S. and Ring, H. (2012). The psychophysiology of narrower face processing in autism spectrum conditions. Neuroreport, 23(6) pp. 395-395.
    [10.1097/WNR.0b013e3283525bc8] [Scopus]
  • Churches, O., Callahan, R., Michalski, D., Brewer, N., Turner, E., Keage, H., et al. (2012). How academics face the world: A study of 5829 homepage pictures. PLoS One, 7(7) pp. e38940.
    [10.1371/journal.pone.0038940] [Scopus]
  • Keage, H., Churches, O., Kohler, M., Pomeroy, D., Luppino, R., Bartolo, M., et al. (2012). Cerebrovascular function in aging and dementia: A systematic review of transcranial doppler studies. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders Extra, 2(1) pp. 258-270.
    [10.1159/000339234]
  • Churches, O., Damiano, C., Baron-Cohen, S. and Ring, H. (2012). Getting to know you: the acquisition of new face representations in autism spectrum conditions. Neuroreport, 23(11) pp. 668-672.
    [10.1097/WNR.0b013e3283556658] [Scopus]
  • Catarino, A., Churches, O., Baron-Cohen, S., Andrade, A.E. and Ring, H. (2011). Atypical EEG complexity in autism spectrum conditions: A multiscale entropy analysis. Clinical Neurophysiology, 122(12) pp. 2375-2383.
    [10.1016/j.clinph.2011.05.004] [Scopus]
  • Damiano, C., Churches, O. and Baron-Cohen, S. (2011). The development of perceptual expertise for faces and objects in autism spectrum conditions. Autism Research, 4(4) pp. 297-301.
    [10.1002/aur.205] [Scopus]
  • Churches, O., Wheelwright, S., Baron-Cohen, S. and Ring, H. (2010). The N170 is not modulated by attention in autism spectrum conditions. Neuroreport, 21(6) pp. 399-403.
    [10.1097/WNR.0b013e328334311b] [Scopus]
  • Churches, O., Baron-Cohen, S. and Ring, H. (2009). Seeing face-like objects: an event-related potential study. Neuroreport, 20(14) pp. 1290-1294.
    [10.1097/WNR.0b013e3283305a65] [Scopus]
  • Saccone, E.J., Churches, O.F. and Nicholls, M.E. (2016). Explicit spatial compatility is not critical to the object handle effect. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance,
  • Lavrencic, L.M., Kurylowicz, L., Valenzuela, M.J., Churches, O.F. and Keage, H.A. (2016). Social cognition is not associated with cognitive reserve in older adults. Aging Neuropsychology and Cognition, 23(1) pp. 61-77.
    [Scopus]
  • Churches, O.F., Loetscher, T., Thomas, N.A. and Nicholls, M.E. (2016). Perceptual biases in the horizontal and vertical dimensions are driven by separate cognitive mechanisms. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology,
    [10.1080/17470218.2015.1131841] [Scopus]
  • Kohler, M., Keage, H.A., Spooner, R., Flitton, A., Hofmann, J., Churches, O.F., et al. (2015). Variability in lateralised blood flow response to language is associated with language development in children aged 1-5 years. Brain and Language, 145-146 pp. 34-41.
    [10.1016/j.bandl.2015.04.004] [Scopus]
  • Loetscher, T., Chen, C.S., Wignall, S.J., Bulling, A., Hoppe, S., Churches, O.F., et al. (2015). A study on the natural history of scanning behaviour in patients with visual field defects after stroke. BMC Neurology, 15(64)
    [10.1186/s12883-015-0321-5] [Scopus]
  • Szpak, A., Loetscher, T., Churches, O., Thomas, N., Spence, C. and Nicholls, M.E.R. (2015). Keeping your distance: Attentional withdrawal in individuals who show physiological signs of social discomfort. Neuropsychologia, 70 pp. 462-467.
    [10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2014.10.008]
  • Keage, H., Kurylowicz, L., Lavrencic, L.M., Churches, O.F., Flitton, A., Hofmann, J., et al. (2015). Cerebrovascular function associated with fluid, not crystallized, abilities in older adults: A transcranial doppler study. Psychology and Aging, 30(3) pp. 613-623.
    [10.1037/pag0000026] [Scopus]
  • Thiessen, M., Kohler, M., Churches, O.F., Coussens, S. and Keage, H.A. (2015). Brainy type: A look at how the brain processes typographic information. Visible Language, 49(1-2)
  • Feuerriegel, D., Churches, O.F. and Keage, H.A. (2015). Is neural adaptation of the N170 category-specific? Effects of adaptor stimulus duration and interstimulus interval. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 96 pp. 8-15.
    [10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2015.02.030] [Scopus]
  • Feuerriegel, D., Churches, O.F., Hofmann, J. and Keage, H.A. (2015). The N170 and face perception in psychiatric and neurological disorders: A systematic review. Clinical Neurophysiology, 126 pp. 1141-1158.
    [10.1016/j.clinph.2014.09.015] [Scopus]

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