Position/s

Postdoctoral Fellow
School of Psychology

Research expertise

  • Cognitive science
  • Neurosciences
  • Psychology

Research interests

Together with Prof Mike Nicholls I am investigating the neural mechanisms that control spatial attention in the healthy brain, and how these mechanisms are altered after brain damage. The long-term goal of my research is to develop effective treatments of attentional disorders such as spatial neglect.

Supervisory interests

  • Attention
  • Brain and cognitive function
  • Cognition
  • Experimental eye research
  • Laterality
  • Neuropsychology
  • Rehabilitation

RHD research supervision

Current

Associate supervisor : Brain and cognition (2) ;

Publications

  • Szpak, A., Loetscher, T., Thomas, N. and Nicholls, M. (2013). Looking the other way: How others can bias spatial attention. 36th European Conference on Visual Perception. Bremen, Germany. Aug 2013.
  • Thomas, N., Castine, B., Loetscher, T. and Nicholls, M. (2013). Upper visual field distractors bias attention to the left. 4th Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference. Melbourne, Australia. Nov 2013.
  • Rashidi-Ranjbar, N., Goudarzvand, M., Jahangiri, S., Brugger, P. and Loetscher, T. (2013). No horizontal spatial-numerical mapping in a culture with mixed-reading habits. 32nd European Workshop on Cognitive Neuropsychology. Bressanone, Italy. Aug 2013.
  • Loetscher, T., Nicholls, M., Thomas, N., Bulling, A., Clarke, G., Hayes, A., et al. (2013). Using eye-tracking glasses to evaluate the effect of visual scanning training on everyday activities. 10th Conference of the Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Special Interest Group of the World Federation for Neuro Rehabilitation. Maastricht, Netherlands. Jul 2014.
  • Loetscher, T., Ma-Wyatt, A. and Nicholls, M. (2013). Numerosity is represented spatially: Evidence froma 'SNARC' task. 36th European Conference on Visual Perception. Bremen, Germany. Aug 2013.
  • Loetscher, T. and Lincoln, N. (2013). Systematic review of cognitive interventions for attention deficits following stroke. Mid year Meeting of the International Neuropsychology Society. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Leggett, N., Thomas, N., Loetscher, T. and Nicholls, M. (2013). Happy and angry faces affect visual attention on the landmark task. 36th European Conference on Visual Perception. Bremen, Germany. Aug 2013.
  • Thomas, N., Loetscher, T. and Nicholls, M. (2013). Do we imagine clouds in the sky and snails on the ground - Can semantic meaning influence fixation time? Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference. Melbourne, Australia. Feb 2013.
  • Yates, M., Nemeh, F., Loetscher, T., Ma-Wyatt, A. and Nicholls, M. (2013). Small numerosities are associated with the left, large numerosities are associated with the right: Evidence from a SNARC task. 36th European Conference on Visual Perception. Bremen, Germany. Aug 2013.
  • Wignall, S., Thomas, N. and Loetscher, T. (2013). Lateral eye movements influence the magnitude of randomly generated numbers. 36th European Conference on Visual Perception. Bremen, Germany. Aug 2013.
  • Voigt, K., Yates, M., Loetscher, T., Ma-Wyatt, A. and Nicholls, M. (2013). Eye movements influence the magnitude of randomly generated numbers. 36th European Conference on Visual Perception. Bremen, Germany. Aug 2014.
  • Brugger, P., Frey, M., Fehr, M. and Loetscher, T. (2012). From number lines to time lines: How "numerical" is the mental number line. In 5th International Conference on Spatial Cognition, Rome, Italy. 5th International Conference on Spatial Cognition. Rome, Italy. Sep 2013.
  • Loetscher, T., Baumann, H., Tamagni, C., Nicholls, M. and Brugger, P. (2012). Neglect of early relative to late events after right-hemisphere damage. In 39th Australian Experimental Psychology Conference, Sydney, Australia. 39th Australian Experimental Psychology Conference. Sydney, Australia. Apr 2012.
  • Loetscher, T., Tamagni, C., Baumann, H., Nicholls, M. and Brugger, J. (2012). Impaired memory for early relative to late events in spatial neglect. In 5th International Conference on Spatial Cognition, Rome, Italy. 5th International Conference on Spatial Cognition. Rome, Italy. Sep 2012.
  • Thomas, N., Loetscher, T. and Nicholls, M. (2012). Central fixations with rightward deviations: Saccadic eye movements in pseudoneglect. In 39th Australian Experimantal Psychology Conference, Sydney, Australia. 39th Australian Experimental Psychology Conference. Sydney, Australia. Apr 2012.
  • Thomas, N., Loetscher, T. and Nicholls, M. (2012). Central fixations with rightward deviations: Saccadic eye movements on the landmark task. In 3rd Annual North Sea Meeting on Brain Asymmetry, Ghent, Belgium. 3rd Annual North Sea Meeting on Brain Asymmetry. Ghent, Belgium. Oct 2012.
  • Yates, M., Vicario, C., Loetscher, T. and Nicholls, M. (2012). Prismatic lenses influence number choices in a random number generation task. In 39th Australian Experimental Psychology Conference, Sydney, Australia. 39th Australian Experimental Psychology Conference. Sydney, Australia. Apr 2012.
  • Yates, M., Vicario, C., Loetscher, T. and Nicholls, M. (2012). Prismatic lenses influence the magnitude of numbers selected in a random number generation task. In 5th International Conference on Spatial Cognition, Rome, Italy. 5th International Conference on Spatial Cognition. Rome, Italy. Sep 2012.
  • Loetscher, T., Baumann, H., Tamagni, C., Nicholls, M. and Brugger, P. (2011). Neglect of early relative to late events after right-hemisphere damange. In Mid-Year Meeting of the International Neuropsychology Society, Auckland, New Zealand. Mid-Year Meeting of the International Neuropsychology Society. Auckland, New Zealand. Jul 2011.
  • Yates, M., Loetscher, T. and Nicholls, M. (2011). The truth about left handers. In EPC Meeting, Auckland, New Zealand. EPC Meeting. Auckland, New Zealand. Apr 2012.
  • Towse, J., Loetscher, T. and Brugger, P. (2014). Not all numbers are equal: Preferences and biases among children and adults when generating random sequences. Frontiers in Psychology, 19
  • Rashidi-Ranjbar, N., Goudarzvand, M., Jahangiri, S., Brugger, P. and Loetscher, T. (2014). No horizontal mapping in a culture with mixed-reading habits. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8(72)
    [10.3389/fnhum.2014.00072]
  • Nicholls, M., Thomas, N., Loetscher, T., Spence, C. and Forte, J. (2014). Close to me: The effect of asymmetrical environments on spatial attention. Ergonomics, 57(6) pp. 876-85.
    [10.1080/00140139.2014.899633]
  • Leggett, N.C., Thomas, N., Loetscher, T. and Nicholls, M. (2013). The life of p: "Just significant" results are on the rise. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66(12) pp. 2303-2309.
    [10.1080/17470218.2013.863371]
  • Loetscher, T. and Lincoln, N. (2013). Cognitive rehabilitation for attention deficits following stroke. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 5(CD002842) pp. 1-58.
    [10.1002/14651858.CD002842.pub2.]
  • Nicholls, M., Thomas, N. and Loetscher, T. (2013). An online means of testing asymmetries in seating preference reveals a bias for airplanes and theaters. Human Factors, 55(4) pp. 725-731.
    [10.1177/018720812471680]
  • Nicholls, M., Thomas, N., Loetscher, T. and Grimshaw, G. (2013). The Flinders Handedness survey (FLANDERS): A brief measure of skilled hand preference. Cortex, 49(10) pp. 2914-2926.
    [10.1016/j.cortex.2013.02.002]
  • Thornton, T., Loetscher, T., Yates, M. and Nicholls, M. (2013). The highs and lows of the interaction between word meaning and space. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 39(4) pp. 964-973.
    [10.1037/a0030467]
  • Loetscher, T., Nicholls, M., Brodtmann, A., Thomas, N.A.M. and Brugger, P. (2012). Disentangling input and output-related components of spatial neglect. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6 pp. 176.
    [10.3389/fnhum.2012.00176] [Scopus]
  • Lenggenhager, B., Loetscher, T., Kavan, N., Pallich, G., Brodtmann, A., Nicholls, M., et al. (2012). Paradoxical extension into the contralesional hemispace in spatial neglect. Cortex, 48(10) pp. 1320-1328.
    [10.1016/j.cortex.2011.10.003] [Scopus]
  • Badawy, R.A.B., Loetscher, T., Macdonell, R. and Brodtmann, A. (2012). Cortical excitability and neurology: Insights into the pathophysiology. Functional Neurology, 27(3) pp. 131-145.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Nicholls, M., Thomas, N.A.M., Loetscher, T., Wignall, S.J., Yates, M., Forte, J., et al. (2012). The relationship between vertical stimulation and horizontal attentional asymmetries. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 65(12) pp. 2384-2396.
    [10.1080/17470218.2012.688979] [Scopus]
  • Yates, M., Loetscher, T. and Nicholls, M. (2012). A generalized magnitude system for space, time, and quantity? A cautionary note. Journal of Vision, 12(7) pp. 9.
    [10.1167/12.7.9] [Scopus]
  • Thomas, N.A.M., Loetscher, T., Clode, D. and Nicholls, M. (2012). Right-wing politicians prefer the emotional left. PLoS One, 7(5) pp. e36552.
    [10.1371/journal.pone.0036552] [Scopus]
  • Thomas, N.A.M., Loetscher, T. and Nicholls, M. (2012). Central fixations with rightward deviations: saccadic eye movements on the landmark task. Experimental Brain Research, 220(1) pp. 29-39.
    [10.1007/s00221-012-3113-9] [Scopus]
  • Nicholls, M., Forte, J., Loetscher, T., Orr, C., Yates, M. and Bradshaw, J. (2011). Near, yet so far: The effect of pictorial cues on spatial attention. Brain and Cognition, 76(3) pp. 349-352.
    [10.1016/j.bandc.2011.04.006] [Scopus]
  • Nicholls, M., Lew, M., Loetscher, T. and Yates, M. (2011). The importance of response type to the relationship between temporal order and numerical magnitude. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 73(5) pp. 1604-1613.
    [10.3758/s13414-011-0114-x] [Scopus]
  • Brugger, P., Schubiger, M. and Loetscher, T. (2010). Leftward bias in number space is modulated by magical ideation. Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, 23(2) pp. 119-123.
    [10.1097/WNN.0b013e3181d74901] [10.1097/WNN.0b013e3181d74901] [Scopus]
  • Loetscher, T., Bockisch, C., Nicholls, M. and Brugger, P. (2010). Eye position predicts what number you have in mind. Current Biology, 20(6) pp. 264-265.
    [10.1016/j.cub.2010.01.015] [10.1016/j.cub.2010.01.015] [Scopus]
  • Nicholls, M.E.R., Rademacher, M. and Loetscher, T. (2010). Miss to the right: The effect of attentional asymmetries of goal-kicking. PLoS One, 5(8) pp. 1-6.
    [10.1371/journal.pone.0012363] [10.1371/journal.pone.0012363] [Scopus]
  • Nicholls, M., Chapman, H.L., Loetscher, T. and Grimshaw, G. (2010). The relationship between hand preference, hand performance, and general cognitive ability. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 16 pp. 585-592.
    [10.1017/S1355617710000184] [10.1017/S135561771000084] [Scopus]
  • Loetscher, T., Nicholls, M., Towse, J., Bradshaw, J. and Brugger, P. (2010). Lucky numbers: Spatial neglect affects physical, but not representational, choices in a Lotto task. Cortex, 46 pp. 685-690.
    [10.1016/j.cortex.2009.06.010] [10.1016/j.cortex.2009.06.010] [Scopus]
  • Loetscher, T. and Brugger, P. (2009). Random number generation in neglect patients reveals enhanced response stereotypy, but no neglect in number space. Neuropsychologia, 47 pp. 276-279.
    [10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2008.08.005] [10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2008.08.005] [Scopus]
  • Loetscher, T., Bockisch, C. and Brugger, P. (2008). Looking for the answer: The mind's eye in number space. Neuroscience, 151 pp. 725-729.
    [10.1016/j.neuroscience.2007.07.068] [10.1016/j.neuroscience.2007.07.068] [Scopus]
  • Loetscher, T., Schwarz, U., Schubiger, M. and Brugger, P. (2008). Head turns bias the brain's internal random generator. Current Biology, 18(2) pp. 60-62.
    [10.1016/j.cub.2007.11.015] [10.1016/j.cub.2007.11.015] [Scopus]
  • Brugger, P., Surbeck, W. and Loetscher, T. (2007). Pseudoneglect in representational space: Effects of magical ideation. Acta Neuropsychologica, 5(1/2) pp. 1-7.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Brugger, P., Loetscher, T., Graves, R. and Knoch, D. (2007). Semantic, perceptual and number space: Relations between category width and spatial processing. Neuroscience Letters, 418(2) pp. 133-137.
    [10.1016/j.neulet.2007.03.012] [10.1016/j.neulet.2007.03.012] [Scopus]
  • Loetscher, T. and Brugger, P. (2007). Exploring number space by random digit generation. Experimental Brain Research, 180 pp. 655-665.
    [10.1007/s00221-007-0889-0] [10.1007/s00221-007-0889-0] [Scopus]
  • Loetscher, T. and Brugger, P. (2007). A disengagement deficit in representational space. Neuropsychologia, 45(6) pp. 1299-1304.
    [10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2006.09.020] [10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2006.09.020] [Scopus]
  • Nicholls, M., Thomas, N., Loetscher, T., Spence, C. and Forte, J. (2014). Close to me: The effect of asymmetrical environments on spatial attention. Ergonomics, 57(6) pp. 876-85.
    [10.1080/00140139.2014.899633]
  • Rashidi-Ranjbar, N., Goudarzvand, M., Jahangiri, S., Brugger, P. and Loetscher, T. (2014). No horizontal mapping in a culture with mixed-reading habits. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8(72)
    [10.3389/fnhum.2014.00072]
  • Towse, J., Loetscher, T. and Brugger, P. (2014). Not all numbers are equal: Preferences and biases among children and adults when generating random sequences. Frontiers in Psychology, 19
  • Leggett, N.C., Thomas, N., Loetscher, T. and Nicholls, M. (2013). The life of p: "Just significant" results are on the rise. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66(12) pp. 2303-2309.
    [10.1080/17470218.2013.863371]
  • Loetscher, T. and Lincoln, N. (2013). Cognitive rehabilitation for attention deficits following stroke. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 5(CD002842) pp. 1-58.
    [10.1002/14651858.CD002842.pub2.]
  • Thornton, T., Loetscher, T., Yates, M. and Nicholls, M. (2013). The highs and lows of the interaction between word meaning and space. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 39(4) pp. 964-973.
    [10.1037/a0030467]
  • Nicholls, M., Thomas, N. and Loetscher, T. (2013). An online means of testing asymmetries in seating preference reveals a bias for airplanes and theaters. Human Factors, 55(4) pp. 725-731.
    [10.1177/018720812471680]
  • Nicholls, M., Thomas, N., Loetscher, T. and Grimshaw, G. (2013). The Flinders Handedness survey (FLANDERS): A brief measure of skilled hand preference. Cortex, 49(10) pp. 2914-2926.
    [10.1016/j.cortex.2013.02.002]
  • Badawy, R.A.B., Loetscher, T., Macdonell, R. and Brodtmann, A. (2012). Cortical excitability and neurology: Insights into the pathophysiology. Functional Neurology, 27(3) pp. 131-145.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Thomas, N.A.M., Loetscher, T., Clode, D. and Nicholls, M. (2012). Right-wing politicians prefer the emotional left. PLoS One, 7(5) pp. e36552.
    [10.1371/journal.pone.0036552] [Scopus]

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